The California Highway Patrol’s 2013 guidelines for safe lane-splitting are not only good to remember in case your home state makes lane-splitting legal, they are good rules to remember when passing and when riding in general.
- If you can't fit, don't split:
- Some lanes are narrower than others, leaving little room to pass safely.
- Some vehicles are wider than others -- it is not advisable to split near wide trucks.
- Wide bars, fairings, and bags require more space between vehicles.
- Avoid splitting on unfamiliar roads to avoid surprises such as poor road surfaces.
- Be careful of wide or uneven seams between lanes.
- Wear brightly colored protective gear and use high beams during daylight.
- Be very aware of what the cars around you are doing:
- Always be prepared to take evasive action if a vehicle changes lanes.
- Account for inattentive or distracted drivers.
- Constantly scan for changing conditions.
- Do not weave back and forth between lanes.
- Avoid lingering in blind spots.
- Never ride while impaired by drugs, alcohol, or fatigue.
Stay safe out there!