One of the blessings of living here in the Las Vegas Valley is that the weather is so mild during the winter. Across the country other cities are experiencing extremely cold weather and snow while here in Las Vegas we rarely have to even put on a coat. If you are a motorcyclist our mild winter weather is perfect. You can still enjoy riding your motorcycle right now without freezing. You may find that as you are on the road, drivers do not know how to safely share the road with you. Today Non-Stop Towing is going to share with you and other drivers some tips on how to properly share the road with motorcycles.
When You Pass a Motorcycle Treat it as Though it is the Same as a Car
First we are going to address how to safely pass a motorcycle. One of the dangers of passing a motorcycle is that as you pass them the gust of wind from your vehicle could cause the motorcyclist to lose their balance and fall. If you have ever been driving your car and had a semi pass you then you may have experienced this concept. To help avoid this problem you will want to make sure that you use your blinker. This will allow the driver of the motorcycle a chance to prepare for the gust of wind before you pass them. You will also want to give yourself more space than normal before returning to your lane.
Turning Car Left in Front of Motorcycle
Our second tip is one that you will definitely want to remember. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2013 over 44% of fatal car motorcycle accidents that involved only two vehicles were the result of a car trying to turn left while the motorcycle went straight. You can avoid this by taking extra care when you are making a left-hand turn when you notice a motorcycle on the road.
When Passing a Motorcycle
Next up on our list deals with changing lanes. Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road so it is easy to change lanes without noticing them. If you do not see them you run the risk of hitting the motorcycle when you change lanes. To avoid this problem you simply want to use the driving skills that you should be using when you pass at any time – always use your turn signal, check your mirrors, and check your blind spots.
Give Motorcycles More Space when Driving in Bad Weather
Another safety tip for sharing the road with motorcycles is to give them more space when the weather is bad. All drivers should be more cautious when it is windy, rainy, or snowy outside. This is especially true for motorcycles. Motorcycles are affected by the wind, rain, and snow more than other vehicles. If the weather is crappy make sure that you give them plenty of extra space on the road.
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We hope that knowing and understanding these tips will help keep you and other drivers on the road safer. There is no need to panic when you see a motorcycle next to you on the road now! Call NonStop Towing for all your towing and roadside assistance needs.