Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

Over half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Here are some things you can do to help keep yourself and motorcyclists safe.

  • Be aware that motorcycles can easily disappear in your blind spot or be hidden behind objects such as signs, trees, bushes, fences or other vehicles.
  • Motorcyclists may not brake when slowing down. Since you cannot depend on seeing their brake lights, allow a greater following distance.
  • Stay alert to the motorcyclist's movement in traffic. They may change their position in a lane to improve their visibility or avoid unsafe road conditions.
  • It can be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed and distance because of their smaller size. Assume the motorcycle is closer than it appears when entering an intersection.
  • Many motorcycle turn signals are not self-canceling, so do not assume that they are turning.
  • Slippery surfaces or other road conditions may make it more difficult for motorcyclists to stop so allow for a greater following distance in bad weather, construction zones, etc.