One of the most important responsibilities of safe driving is understanding how to share the road with other motorists and pedestrians. The reason for this is simple. Whenever traffic collisions happen, everyone involved suffers. It doesn’t matter who is at fault, or how things unfolded, every casualty of a traffic accident will inevitably lose time, lose property or even suffer serious injury. This is why every driver on the road MUST be continually alert when operating vehicles. The more situational awareness you have as a driver, the safer it is for you and other people around you to make it to your respective destinations.
Safe driving is especially urgent when it comes to sharing the road with motorcyclists. Motorcycles present increased safety challenges for drivers by virtue of the fact that motorcycles are nimble, and harder to see on the road. According to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, an average of 513 motorcyclists died in traffic collisions throughout the past two years. In addition to this tally, an average of 14,200 motorcyclists were also injured in accidents over the past two years. If you don’t want to be a part of these statistics, here are a few safety tips to follow whenever you choose to drive:
- Wear reflective and highly-visible attire. The more luminous the better.
- Use turn signals to indicate when changing lanes or turning.
- Flash your brake lights to help other motorists notice your intention to slow down.
- Respect the right-of-way, and safely share the road with other drivers.
- Always wear proper safety gear and obey the speed limit.
- Conduct a visual check of your blind spots to confirm that there are no motorcycles in your way whenever you change lanes or turn.
- Allow for at least a four-second following distance when driving behind motorcycles.
- Allow motorcycles to occupy a full-lane width. Do not share lanes with motorcycles.
- NEVER try to pass a motorcycle in the same lane you are sharing with it.
- Do not drive while intoxicated.
Most drivers expect to see large vehicles on the highway, and that’s exactly what distracts them from noticing motorcycles quickly. The only way to prevent collisions with motorcycles is to be attentive and responsive to everything around you – not just cars. Do whatever you can to give yourself a comfortable reaction time in case something unexpected happens in motion. For more information, give us a call at 888-309-4545 to find out how Adriana’s Traffic School can help you stay safe on the road.