The best protection you can have is space – between yourself and others. If someone makes a mistake, space gives you time to react and somewhere to go.
As a motorcycle rider, you can move from one side of the lane to the other to increase your distance from other vehicles.
An experienced rider changes lane position as conditions change. Here are some of the conditions that require changes in lane position.
Whenever you’re being passed by a vehicle, move towards the left of the road. There’s no point being nearer to the vehicle than you have to be.
A slight mistake by either of you could cause a crash.
A large vehicle passing you may cause gusts of air that could affect your stability and control. You have more room to adjust if you’re close to the middle of the lane.
Most collisions between other vehicles and motorcycles happen at intersections.
The 2 major causes of motorcycle crashes at intersections are:
If a car can enter your path, it’s safest to assume it will enter your path.
When passing parked vehicles, the main danger is vehicles making U-turns or drivers who pull out without looking.
If you see a vehicle about to pull out, approach cautiously. Be ready to slow down and, if necessary, sound your horn.
Stay in the right-hand part of the lane. This way you can also avoid problems caused by doors opening, drivers getting out of vehicles or people stepping out from between vehicles.
Vehicles entering a motorway from an on-ramp may have trouble seeing a motorcycle. The headlight on a motorcycle isn’t very visible at an angle.
Don’t assume that a driver on an on-ramp can see you. Change lanes or make space to let the driver in.
Don’t ride next to other vehicles if you don’t have to. A vehicle in the next lane could move into your lane at any time without warning. Vehicles in the next lane can also block your escape if you run into danger in your own lane.
Move ahead or drop back until you find a place that’s clear on both sides.
If you’re in a line of stopped or moving traffic, stay in line and move with the rest of the traffic.