Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists and Bicyclists

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Each year, there are thousands of crashes involving motorcyclists and bicyclists all across the state of Florida. In an effort to curtail crashes that could potentially result in serious injuries and deaths, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers a number of safety tips for motorists to ensure they safely share the road with other riders. If you live in Florida or anywhere else and operate a motor vehicle, here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe:

 

Don’t share the lane with a motorcycle. Even if you believe that there is plenty of room, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Drive safely behind the motorcycle as you would with any other vehicle in front of you. Motorcycles can stop much quicker than other vehicles, making it even more important to keep a safe distance.

 

Look very closely before pulling into an intersection or changing lanes. As motorcycles and bicycles are much smaller, you may miss them if you take a passing glance. Make sure to check your blind spots and don’t aggressively change lanes.

 

Be careful when passing a motorcyclist or bicyclist. You should give bicyclists three feet of clearance when passing them, and you shouldn’t pass motorcyclists too closely as the generated wind could cause them to lose control. Also remember that motorcycles can accelerate faster so make sure the motorcyclists is aware of your intent to avoid any confusion or, worse, a crash.

 

If there is inclement weather on the road, be more cautious. Always yield to a bicyclist in the turn lane when turning, keep more space between you and the motorcyclist or any vehicle for that matter, and avoid using high beams.

 

eTags reviews the latest safety information on their blog, and sharing the road is a very important part of maintaining road safety – no matter where you live. Keep these tips in mind the next time you are out on the road. And don’t forgt to Look Twice.

What It Means to Be a Safe Driver?

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Uber recently suspended its self-driving pilot program after a vehicle in self-drive mode got crashed with another vehicle on an Arizona highway. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but this did cause Uber to decide to halt this program that was in progress in Pennsylvania, California, and Arizona. The crash occurred because a car with a human driver failed to yield to the Uber vehicle when making a turn. Although it is difficult to blame the computer as it seems the other driver may have been negligent, it does show that there is still inherent risk on the road – whether we’re talking about human and/or robot drivers.

 

How to Drive Safer

 

Being insured is part of being a responsible driver. There are some things you can’t control when it comes to your vehicle insurance. Age, gender, and location are all things you have no control over. However, there are many other things that you can control. One of those is your driving record. The fewer crashes and traffic violations you have had, the lower your insurance rate will be. In addition to offering online vehicle registration renewal services, eTags offers insurance quotes to motorists to help them find the best rate. Also by being a safer driver, you will reduce your risk of being injured or even killed in a crash or injuring or killing someone else on the road. But how do you commit to being a safer driver?

 

In addition to providing registration renewal service and insurance quotes, eTags promotes driving safety on their blog. Here are a few things to keep in mind about how to drive safer:

 

Obey the speed limit: When you speed, you are less likely to maintain control or react to something happening in front of you. Is it worth it to reach your destination a few seconds or minutes early when you increase your risk of causing or being involved in a crash?

 

Wear your seatbelt: It might be the law in your state. If it isn’t, it’s important to know that wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce your risk of dying in a car crash – as much as fifty percent in some cases.

 

Keep your focus on the road: Don’t text and drive. If you need to talk to someone while driving, wear a bluetooth headset or use the in car Bluetooth that your vehicle may be enabled with. It’s important to note though that you are still being distracted by carryon on a conversation if in hands-free mode. Eating while driving is not recommended either. A few distracted seconds could result in a crash.