The second Saturday in October of each year is National Motorcycle Ride Day. PLEASE. Always look twice and save a life… Bikers have families too. Three things motorcyclists wish drivers knew.
National Motorcycle Ride Day is a day designated to unite all motorcyclists in the world to ride their motorcycles. Here’s the top three things motorcyclists wish drivers knew.
#1. Put Your Cell Phone Down and Drive
Often motorcyclists rev their engines because they see driver’s on their cell phones. Making noise helps prevent a distracted driver from hitting a motorcyclist. Driver’s consistently say “I never saw the motorcyclist”. That’s why riders put loud pipes on their bikes, so they can be heard. Loud pipes save lives.
#2. Give Motorcyclists Space
Motorcycles may not take up a full lane but they are entitled to use the whole lane… just like a car. Motorcyclist will switch positions within their lane contingent upon road conditions and what’s going on around them. If a driver sees a motorcyclist using half of their lane, that’s not permission for a driver to use the other half of their lane. It’s also important not to tailgate and to allow significant space between a vehicle and motorcycle when traffic flow has stopped. Motorcycle riders sustain significant injuries when a vehicle is hit from behind and pushed into the rear end of a motorcycle. Drivers Please… Stay in Your Lane and keep at least a car length distance between a motorcyclist when traffic flow has stopped.
#3. Never Break the Formation
When motorcyclists spread out and alternate bikes in a lane this is known as a staggered formation and it is practiced for the safety of the motorcyclist. Riding staggered formation allows a proper space cushion between the motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and react to hazards. If a car breaks the formation this can be perceived as not only rude, but a great deal of danger and a threat to a motorcyclist. Some motorcycle riders are compelled to open up a can of whoop-ass if their formation is broken.
Life is a journey… Enjoy the Ride !