Drivers: Do You Ever Think About Motorcycles?

The vast majority of vehicles on the road are not motorcycles. They're cars and vans and trucks. It's quite possible that as a driver you rarely think about motorcycles.

This is a problem.

"When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist's right of way," according to an issue statement from NHTSA. "There is a continuing need to help other motorists 'think' motorcycles and to educate motorcyclists to be aware of this problem."

Why do drivers often violate motorcyclists' right of way?

  • Motorcycles are relatively small and drivers don't see them
  • Drivers don't anticipate motorcycles' movements
  • The driver's view of the motorcyclist is obstructed, often by the vehicle's blind spots or other vehicles
  • The driver is distracted

Remember spring time brings out more motorcycle riders so be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for them!

Source: National Safety Council

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