TIPS FOR 4-WHEEL DRIVERS
At Ransin Injury Law we believe that education, practice and repeat is a valuable process when it comes to motorcycle safety and awareness. While May is designated as the offical month for motorcycle safety, we know this is a 24/7, 365 day battle. In efforts to help continue to make Missouri’s roadways safer for motorcyclists as well as all drivers we have complied some safety tips car, truck, and SUV drivers can follow as it pertains to motorcycle safety.
Search the traffic around you constantly and expect to see motorcycles.
Check your blind spots before changing lanes or merging, especially in heavy traffic.
Double-check traffic at intersections before you turn or pull out.
Motorcycles can easily be hidden in traffic. Look for a helmet above, tires below, or a shadow alongside a vehicle that you can’t see around.
Anticipate hazards that may confront the motorcyclist and predict how the motorcyclist may react to the situation.
Poor road conditions, bad weather, flying debris, oil slicks, and heavy traffic pose high risks for motorcyclists.
Allow a minimum two-second “space cushion” when following a motorcycle.
Pick out a fixed object ahead of you. When the motorcycle passes the object, count off, “one thousand one, one thousand two.” If you haven’t passed the same object after two seconds, your following distance meets the two-second minimum.
In poor driving conditions, at higher speeds and at night, use a four or five-second following distance to give the motorcyclist more space.
Remove all possible distractions that can interfere with the driver’s attention, and remove any objects that may block the driver’s view.
Use turn signals to indicate your next move. This allows the motorcyclist anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
Stay focused on the driving task. Inattentive driving is a major cause of car-motorcycle crashes.
Observe and obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals. Failure to obey and yield the right-of-way can result in the death or serious injury of a motorcyclist.
Treat motorcyclists with the same respect and courtesy you afford to other motorists.
Share the road. Do not drive your car in the same lane as a motorcycle. It is unsafe and illegal.