Most motorcycle crashes that occur at an intersection happen because the driver of the other vehicle violates the motorcycle’s right-of-way. The vast majority of the time, the driver of the other vehicle simply didn’t see the motorcycle.
You’ve probably heard all of the standard motorcycle safety tips: wear a helmet, be prepared to stop or swerve, and look both ways twice before entering an intersection. Those are all awesome suggestions but riders are still being hit in intersections. Here are a few more tips that you may not have heard:
- Wear something yellow. It’s the color that’s most visible to the human eye. If yellow just isn’t your color, use another Day-Glo color.
- Leave your driveway with the assumption that you’re invisible. There’s no way for you to know for sure that other drivers see you so it’s best to err on the side of caution.
- Don’t be the first vehicle to enter the intersection. Let the full-size vehicles pull into the intersection just a split second ahead of you – they are much more visible than you are.
The best way to avoid a motorcycle crash at an intersection is to be defensive. Pay attention, do everything that you can to make yourself visible, and yield the right-of-way if you need to. Your goal is to have a safe, enjoyable ride, so do whatever is necessary to make that happen. Safe riding!
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