At any time of the day or night, most streets and roads in the world are brimming with all types of vehicles hurrying to their respective destinations. Each day, thousands of new vehicles are added to the pavements but public infrastructure in most major cities seems to be buckling under such a massive demand for riding space. In such a situation, mutual respect and understanding of each other’s vehicle on the road is a must for the sake of creating a safe and enjoyable environment for vehicle users.
Here we’ve drawn up a series of humble advices for drivers of cars and heavy motor vehicles from a motorcyclist’s perspective. This circular of sort was endorsed in a similar form by the California-based Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a not-for- profit organization that develops research-based rider education and training system. Let’s find out what they are.
Whether you’re aware of this before or not but there are far more cars and lorries than motorcycles plying on the road at any given time and place. Some drivers don’t bother to give enough attention or even recognize the presence of these motorcycles. They habitually overlook and ignore them, though inadvertently. Look out for motorcycles; treat them as equally important in any traffic situation.
Oncoming motorbikes always look farther than they actually are and this has something to do with their small size. Also at times other drivers often misjudge a motorcycle’s speed. They are thought to be moving faster than they actually do. So, be careful while taking a turn at a traffic intersection or while driving in and out of your driveway.
Again due of their small size, motorcycles are susceptible to falling into a car or truck’s blind spots. They can become easily hidden behind colossal pillars, fences or bushes. Take extra precaution for these hidden dangers. Double check before you change lanes or take a turn at intersections.
Motorcyclists have a reputation of decelerating through throttle control or downshifting and not actuating their brake light. The safe stopping distance for heavy vehicles and motorcycles are essentially the same. Provide room for adequate following distance. Be prepared for motorcyclists who slow down without advanced warning at intersections.
Usually, turn signals in motorcycles are not self-terminating. It is the case that sometimes some riders forget to turn them off after making a turn, and it can be deceptive at times. So never fail to see whether the motorcycle’s signal is really something to pay heed to or ignore.
It is common to see bike riders adjusting their position within a lane quite often. They resort to such acts to negotiate vehicles passing by, obstacles on the way, and with an intention to see and be seen more clearly. Thus, it’s important to understand that motorcyclists adjust their position for a good purpose only, and it’s not a sign of recklessness.
Agility or the ability to maneuver is highly present in motorcycles, given that it is done in slow speed and on road of excellent conditions. But it is unreasonable to expect that every motorcycle will dart out of the way immediately.
It’s fully understandable that getting behind the wheels and steering a vehicle like car, truck or bus is not an easy task, especially when they are carrying passengers. The same rule applies to motorcycles as well. According to WHO, nearly half of the world’s road mishaps is related to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – those with the least amount of protection. So, next time you see a motorcycle in your way, don't take it merely as a vehicle; consider it a living person in motion. That way we’ll be able to create a safe and pleasant riding environment for everyone.