When you drive a vehicle, you share the road with many others, including motorcyclists. However, some driving habits pose significant dangers to these riders.
These are driving habits that endanger bikers and strategies to avoid them so the roads are safer for everyone.
Ignoring blind spots
Did you know that 5,932 bikers died in traffic accidents in 2021? A lack of awareness of your blind spots is one reason for these incidents. Before you navigate lane changes or turns, look over your shoulder and out your windows.
Tailgating, or following too closely, endangers other drivers, especially bikers. Riders need extra space to maneuver safely, and tailgating restricts their ability to react to sudden obstacles. Maintain a safe following distance to give them the room they need.
Failing to use turn signals or turning suddenly
Turn signals communicate your intentions on the road, and failure to use them may cause confusion and accidents. Therefore, always signal your intentions well in advance to help bikers and fellow motorists. In addition, sudden, unexpected turns endanger bikers because they need time to react and adjust their course.
Not checking before opening doors
In urban areas, bikers navigate through traffic, so when you parallel park on the side of the road, exit your vehicle with caution. Search your mirrors and look over your shoulder to identify approaching bikers before opening your car door to prevent dangerous “dooring” incidents.
Speeding through intersections
Intersections are high-risk areas for bikers. Speeding through them increases the chances of a collision. Always obey traffic signals and posted speed limits, especially when approaching intersections. Take a moment to double-check for any approaching bikers before proceeding.
Responsible driving saves lives, so make a conscious effort to be more considerate and cautious bikers, who are more vulnerable to death in an accident.