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Avoiding accidents while on the road with motorcycles

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are common on North Carolina roads, especially in warmer months. Motorcycles are smaller and more vulnerable than cars, making them harder to see and more at risk in traffic. By following specific safety measures, you can help prevent accidents and ensure a safer environment for all road users.

Stay aware of your surroundings

When sharing the road with motorcycles, always stay aware of your surroundings. Motorcycles are smaller and can be harder to see, especially in blind spots. Check your mirrors often, use your turn signals for lane changes, and always look over your shoulder before changing lanes.

Maintain a safe following distance

Motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the motorcycle in front of you. Allow at least a three to four-second following distance, and increase this distance in bad weather to prevent rear-end collisions.

Respect motorcycle lane usage

Motorcycles often use the full lane to maneuver and avoid road hazards. Respect their space on the road. Do not share a lane with a motorcycle; instead, allow them the full width of the lane and be patient if they travel slower than you would like.

Use extra caution in poor weather

Motorcycles face greater risks in bad weather than other vehicles. Take extra precautions when driving in rain, fog, or other poor weather. Stay aware that motorcycles may need to navigate around puddles or debris, and use low-beam headlights to improve visibility.

Stay focused and avoid distractions

Distracted driving leads to many accidents involving motorcycles. Keep your attention on the road and avoid using your phone while driving. Do not eat, drink, or engage in other activities that take your attention off the road, and keep both hands on the wheel.

Keeping the road safe for everyone

Driving safely around motorcycles requires attention, patience, and respect. Always remember that motorcyclists face greater risks on the road, and taking extra precautions can help keep everyone safe.