Advice to Riders
Keeping these ideas in mind can help prevent accidents with automobile drivers.
Help drivers know you're there.
Don't assume you are visible to a driver. As a motorcyclist, it is your responsibility to make your presence known to drivers. Select and wear an appropriate helmet with retroreflective materials. A DOT-approved motorcycle helmet is your most valuable piece of protective gear and should be visible to drivers. Wear bright, contrasting protective clothing. If you wear dark clothing, wear a fluorescent vest.
Use headlights while riding on the highway, and use high beams rather than low beams. Also consider a modulating headlight.
Proper lane position is important. It helps drivers see you and protects your riding space. Remember, if you can see a driver in the side-view mirror, the driver can see you. Don't "hide" in a driver's blind spot, and always signal before making a move. Never weave between lanes.
Remember, there is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen and to provide extra space for emergency braking situations or avoidance maneuvers. Never share a lane with a car. Drivers may not expect you alongside their cars and may not be aware of your presence.
Know when crashes are likely to happen.
You are more likely to be involved in an accident when:
A car is making a left turn in front of you.
You are riding in a driver's blind spot. Drivers may not know you're there, and they sometimes fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes or making a turn.
There are hazardous road conditions. Potholes, wet leaves, railroad tracks, and other road obstructions may force you to make a move a driver does not anticipate.
You are obstructed from the driver's line of sight. Sport utility vehicles, delivery vans, and large trucks can block a motorcycle from a driver's view. This means you may seem to appear suddenly.
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