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.