, we thought we’d share some of the biker-related safety tips.
While some the tips may be familiar, there are a few you may not have heard before.
- Motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars. Don't tailgate them. In fact, don't tailgate any vehicle.
- When behind a motrocycle, allow more following distance than you would for a car or truck. Give bikers at least three or four seconds worth of space. This gives them enough time to maneuver or stop in case of an emergency.
- Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle – motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling, and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you drive forward.
- Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a traffic lane or an intersection.
- Always signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
- Never drive while distracted.
- Position yourself in the lane where you’ll be most visible to other drivers.
- Never drive while impaired.
- Wear a Department of Transportation compliant helmet.
- Use the motorcycle’s turn signals. It’s California law.
- Combine hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to yourself.
- Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
- Wear brightly colored protective gear.
- Use reflective tape and stickers to make it easier for people to see you.
Information courtesy the Fountain Valley Police Department.