Due to California’s good weather, many motorcyclists choose to take their bike to work. For a large number of people, this means riding on the highway. This can seem intimidating at first. Still, there are ways to improve safety and make riding on the highway a better experience.
Motorcycle.com examines the safest tactics utilized in highway driving. First, keep your wits about you. Always pay attention to your surrounding drivers. Over time, you will come to recognize potential warning signs of dangerous drivers. Red flags can include the position of their head or where they appear to be looking. If you notice that a driver seems distracted or impaired, give them a wide berth.
Distance and speed are also important for the same reason. You always want to have a potential escape route. Never drive too close to the car in front of you. If something happens, you will be stuck and risk hitting them. You should also stay out of as many blind spots as possible. Cars often change lanes with little warning. Drivers are also prone to forgetting to check for motorcyclists before lane switching. This is a top cause for motorcycle crashes.
In many ways, highway driving can actually be safer than driving on surface roads. For example, you do not have to worry about cross traffic. This is one of the biggest threats to motorcyclists. Everyone is traveling in the same direction at roughly the same speed. It leaves less room for error and accidents. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the aforementioned risks.