June .14 .2018

Be Biker-Aware

motorcyclist on the roadWarmer, sunnier weather means more motorcyclists on the road. Whether you’re cruising on two wheels or four, we all have to stay vigilant and be biker-aware.

Drivers - Be Biker-Aware:

Because motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, drivers have a tendency to misjudge their speed or fail to notice them behind another vehicle or a hidden corner.

According to the provincial government, drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to bikers are one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in British Columbia. What can you do to be more biker-aware? Here are a few simple tips that can make our roads a safer place for all:

  1. Treat motorcycles as you would any other vehicle. Giving them adequate space to respond to road and weather conditions.
  2. Be mindful of your blind spots. Check frequently to make sure no bikers are present when switching lanes.
  3. Always use your signals.
  4. Take extra caution when pulling out onto the road.
  5. Give ample room for motorcycles merging onto highways.

Tips for Bikers:

Here are a few tips to make your summer ride a safe one:

  1. Always dress for safety – be seen and be protected.
  2. Wear an approved helmet and garments made of leather or Kevlar.
  3. Avoid the middle of the lane and have an exit strategy for traffic slowdowns.
  4. Stay in open spaces and avoid getting into a driver’s blind spots.
  5. Use your signals – always.
  6. Take extra caution when merging or approaching ramps.
  7. Maintain a safe speed. Don’t zig-zag through traffic. 

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Alexandra Yallouz

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