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By Larry Agunsday, Jul 7 2015 02:00PM

American Iron Magazine recently published a good article on what drivers should know about motorcycles. It is a very informative article that lends to motorcycle safety. The article can be found in their latest issue and online here.

I've also cut and pasted part of the article. Credit to AIM.

8 of 10 Things Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles from American Iron Magazine

July 6, 2015 by Staff

As riders ourselves, we at American Iron Magazine are concerned about the safety of motorcycle riders.

So we are sharing the 10 top things car and truck drivers should know about motorcycles and ask that you share them on social media.

Tip 1: Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, is at fault. There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road, and some drivers don’t “recognize” a motorcycle – they ignore it (usually unintentionally).

Tip 2: Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (bushes, fences, bridges, etc). Take an extra monent to look for motorcycles, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.

Tip 3: Because of its smaller size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into (or out of) a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.

Tip 4. Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the rear brake light. Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds. At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.

Tip #5. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position on purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.

Tip #6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real.

Tip #7: Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way.

Tip #8: Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because you can’t always stop “on a dime.”

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