The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles does such a great job at raising motorist awareness to keep our Southwest Florida roads as safe as possible. Every month, they cover a new topic in the safety of our roads, and this month of May #ShareTheRoad is the focus to increase awareness for bicyclists, and motorcyclists who we need to be aware of – Because they are everywhere!
On their website, they outline many rules and tips to #ShareTheRoad with smaller vehicles and riders, here are just a few:
- Never attempt to share the lane with a motorcycle. The motorcyclist is entitled to the entire lane.
- Watch for motorcycles and look carefully before pulling into an intersection or changing lanes.
- It is difficult to gauge the speed of a motorcycle; they may appear to be much farther away than they really are.
- Do not follow too closely behind a motorcycle; motorcycles have the ability to stop more quickly than other vehicles.
- Motorcyclists often slow down by down-shifting or rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light.
- Never pass a motorcyclist with only a few feet of space. The force of the wind gust can cause the rider to lose control.
- When being passed by a motorcycle, maintain your lane position and do not increase your speed.
- Maintain a four-second buffer zone between you and a motorcyclist, and increase space when encountering inclement weather, gusty winds, wet or icy roads, bad road conditions and railroad crossings.
Adhering to these rules will go a long way to keep our highways and roads safer, and decrease the amount of fatal road incidents that occur with bicyclists and motorcyclists.
There are many tips and rules to follow on the website, you can read them here: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/share-the-road
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