Keeping a Safe Motorcycle Distance
The following is a list of tips to keep a safe motorcycle distance, while keeping an eye on other vehicles:
1. Don’t let your attention wander while trying to keep a safe motorcycle distance. Traffic can change in an instant and if you’re looking at the neighbor’s new car, you’re not going to see the car in front of you when it stops. There’s plenty of time for looking around when you’re not in the middle of traffic.
2. Use the 3-second rule. Pick a landmark, such as a road sign. Start counting as soon as the car in front of you passes it. There should be at least 3 seconds between when you start counting and when you pass the landmark, assuming road conditions are ideal. If road conditions are hazardous, you’re going to need leave extra breaking space to maintain a safe motorcycle distance.
3. Consider road conditions. If the roads are slippery or it’s getting dark, allow that extra space between you and the traffic around you. Cars have a tendency to miss motorcycles even in broad daylight. You need to be extra defensive when driving conditions aren’t perfect. If weather conditions get really rough, it may be best to try to delay your travels.
4. Be on the lookout for alternate routes, even if you are keeping a safe motorcycle distance. Always leave yourself an escape route. Play out scenarios in your head – what if this car comes over into my lane? What if the car in front of me stops dead? What if that car pulls out in front of me? Then, plan your escape. It’s much easier to handle a bad situation if you’re already prepared for it.
5. Don’t forget about the drivers behind you. The car in front of you is only one of your concerns while maintaining a safe motorcycle distance. Make sure that there’s plenty of space between you and the car behind you, too. If not, change lanes or pull over and let him pass you.
When you’re on your bike, one of the most important things that you need to do is maintain a safe motorcycle distance between you and the vehicles around you. We hope that these motorcycle safety tips help you do that and as always, happy riding!
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