Motorcycle Safety on the Road
Warm spring weather signals the start of the motorcycle season with bikers eager to return to the highways and byways of Prince Edward Island.
Everyone on the road plays an important role in motorcycle safety. Even if you do not ride a motorcycle, chances are you know someone that does.
Safety tips for motorcycle riders
Make sure your motorcycle is always in good working condition, with properly working brakes and lights. Being seen, and having the ability to stop or manoeuvre out of a dangerous situation is often your best defence. Motorcycle riders should have an up-to-date motorcycle inspection to ensure good tire condition and braking/steering/suspension components.
Always ride closer to the center line, rather than the middle of the road and shoulder, so you can see oncoming traffic more easily and drivers can see you.
- Always be alert: Pay attention to the road and never drive while impaired or distracted.
- Ride according to your skills and ability.
- Obey traffic laws.
- Avoid riding in bad weather; wet roads are dangerous on two wheels.
- Consider taking a motorcycle safety course to learn more about safe riding.
- Always provide a passenger with the proper riding gear.
Safety tips for motorists
While it is crucial that riders drive defensively, other drivers have an equal responsibility for the safety of everyone on the road.
- Make a complete stop at intersections or when entering the road. Motorcycles are small and can be easily missed. Look twice and always check your blind spot.
- Eliminate distractions while driving.
- Don't crowd a motorcycle from the rear, as most motorcycles can brake faster than a car.
- When making a left turn, be patient. Make sure there is not a motorcycle behind a string of cars. Many collisions occur when left turns are made suddenly in front of an oncoming motorcycle.
Even a small collision with a motorcycle could result in life changing injuries or death for the rider.
All drivers are reminded to follow the rules of the road, never drive distracted or while impaired by drugs or alcohol and slow down.