Motorcycle Safety Month: Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

By Williams Logistics, Inc on 5-10-2024

Motorcycle Safety Month: Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving practices when sharing the road with motorcycles. As the weather warms up, more motorcyclists hit the roads, making it crucial for all drivers to be vigilant and considerate of each other.

One group of drivers that often find themselves sharing the road with motorcycles are semi truck drivers. Driving a semi-truck can be challenging, especially when sharing the road with smaller vehicles like motorcycles. Due to their massive size and weight, semi trucks can pose a high risk to motorcyclists if not driven safely and attentively. Here are some tips for semi drivers to drive safely around motorcycles:

When Driving Behind a Motorcycle, 

It’s necessary to maintain a safe following distance. Motorcycles have a shorter stopping distance than cars, so it is essential to give them more space to react to any sudden changes in traffic. Furthermore, keeping a safe distance also allows the motorcycle rider to have a better view of the road ahead and gives them room to maneuver in case of an emergency.

When Driving Near a Motorcycle, 

Motorists should always be aware of the motorcycle's blind spots. Motorcycles have smaller profiles than cars, making it easier for them to get lost in a semi-truck's blind spot. It is crucial to always check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes or making any turns to ensure that there are no motorcycles in your vicinity.

When Driving on a Road with Motorcycles, 

It’s essential to be mindful of their presence and adjust your driving accordingly. Motorcycles are more susceptible to road hazards like potholes, debris, and uneven pavement, so it is crucial to be extra cautious and avoid sudden maneuvers that could startle or endanger the motorcycle rider. Giving motorcycles extra space and being patient can go a long way in ensuring a safe and smooth commute for everyone on the road.

If You are Driving Behind a Motorcycle and want to Pass

If you find yourself driving behind a motorcycle and want to pass, it is essential to do so safely and responsibly. Before changing lanes or passing the motorcycle, always use your turn signal and check your blind spots to ensure that there are no other vehicles in the way. When passing a motorcycle, make sure to give them plenty of space and only pass when it is safe to do so. It is important to remember that motorcycles can be pushed around by air turbulence, so be careful when passing at high speeds.

Motorcycle Hand Signals

It is also beneficial for semi-drivers to familiarize themselves with motorcycle hand signals. Motorcycle riders often use hand signals to communicate with other motorists on the road, especially when their turn signals or brake lights are not easily visible. Understanding these hand signals can help semi-drivers anticipate the motorcycle rider's next move and take appropriate action to ensure a safe driving environment. Some common motorcycle hand signals include pointing to the left or right to indicate a turn, using a hand signal to signal a stop, and pointing downward to indicate a slowdown or hazard on the road.

In the end, driving safely around motorcycles requires patience, awareness, and respect for all road users. By following these tips and being mindful of motorcycles on the road, semi-drivers can help create a safer driving environment for everyone. Remember to maintain a safe following distance, be aware of blind spots, adjust your driving around motorcycles, pass safely, and understand motorcycle hand signals to ensure a smooth and safe commute for all. Drive safe!