AAA reported over 1,500 motorcycle accidents in Kentucky in 2022, many of which could have been avoided. As a driver, understanding how to interact safely with motorcyclists can help reduce the risk of accidents for all vehicles on our roads.
Respect their space
Motorcyclists require a full lane width, just like other vehicles. Do not try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Give them the space they need.
Be aware of blind spots
Motorcycles can easily get lost in your vehicle’s blind spots. Regularly checking your mirrors and being aware of their presence will help avoid sudden surprises. A good practice is to check your mirrors and blind spots multiple times before you change lanes.
Proper communication on the road is essential for safety. Using your turn signals well in advance allows motorcyclists to anticipate your actions.
Maintain a safe following distance
Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle. If a motorcyclist stops suddenly, you need enough space to avoid a collision. Experts suggest leaving a two-second space between your car and the motorcycle in front of you.
Consider weather conditions
Rain and other weather conditions can reduce visibility and road grip for motorcyclists. Exercise extra caution in these situations and give them more space.
Sharing the road safely with motorcyclists is a responsibility that all drivers must take seriously. By following these guidelines, you can contribute to a safer driving environment for everyone on the road. Remember, motorcyclists have the same rights as other drivers, and treating them with courtesy and respect will go a long way in ensuring safety for all.