As spring and summer approaches, more and more bikers and motorcyclists appear on the roads. Finally after the winter season, they hit the roads and drivers need to pay increased attention to fellow riders. How can we drive more safely during spring and summer? Here are some tips!
Before turns, it is advisable to double-check if the traffic is clear also behind, and next to us, because there might be a smaller vehicle-bike or motorcycle in the blind spot. The same goes for changing lanes. Even if the traffic is not so heavy, check the traffic around you!
If there’s a queuing on the roads, you might experience that the cars are leaving a larger space between two car lines. That space is for motorcycles, for they are allowed to move forward between the cars until the line when the lamp is red. Thus you make it possible for them to move forward safely.
Note that a motorcycles have a shorter stopping distance than cars. This is why you should keep a longer following distance. Obviously, while sitting in a car you have the protection of your vehicle, as opposed to riders, who are basically completely exposed. So drive defensively and try to keep a longer buffer zone.
When you’re in the city and just stopped with your car, be careful when opening the door, because some bikers might be coming close to your vehicle, and if you slap the door out without first checking for bikers they might hit the door and hurt themselves.