Motorcycles in Traffic

Safety Tip of the Week
Tips for Safe Riding in Traffic

Riding in traffic is tougher than riding on the open road. Motorcycle only magazine offers some tips to help you do it safely.

  • Keep an eye on the head movements of drivers around you. Most people turn their heads before darting left or right—even though they might fail to even glance in their side mirrors.
  • A quick glance over your shoulder should become a habit when you check your mirrors so you know what’s in your blind spot and behind you.
  • If you ever must pass on the right, do it between freeway exits. A driver on your left is very apt to go for the off-ramp and not notice you.
  • You won’t have time to fumble around for the brake lever or rear brake pedal. In traffic, keep a finger on the brake lever and keep your toe close to the pedal. Seconds count!
  • Do whatever you can to be more visible. Ride with high beams on. You can always turn them off when you’re stopped behind a vehicle at a stoplight. Wear gear that’s visible. If you don’t like bright colors, add a colored reflective stripe or decal to your leathers.

We’ll have more of these tips in future newsletters.

Stay safe out there!
- Mike

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