Home » Experience » Motorcycle Safety: They Can’t Hit You If You’re Not There

Motorcycle Safety: They Can’t Hit You If You’re Not There

Well, Duh Frank, of course, they can’t hit you if you’re not there, but I must ride in the real world and they are there all the time. I share the road with cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, and anything else that happens along.

I understand, but what I mean is to keep yourself (and your bike) positioned out of the danger zone. You always have choices.

It’s the same as riding too close to the car in front of you. If you are too close to the car in front of you and that car makes a sudden stop, you are going to hit it.

If you ride in blind spots, you are going to increase your “close calls” and eventually, get hit by a vehicle whose driver didn’t see you there.

Don’t ride in cars blind spots.

Don’t ride next to any vehicle.

Don’t ride behind big trucks.

I realized that this is only possible in a perfect world, but you can make every effort to stay out of danger’s path even in this imperfect world.

Cars hit motorcycles because the driver of the car can’t see the motorcycle. Either the motorcycle is in the car’s blind spot or the car’s driver is just not paying attention. Adjust your speed to stay out of the blind spot and flash your headlights when you need to get their attention.

Let’s look at the blind spot. Every car has blind spots, some more, some less. When you are in a car blind spot, you are at even more risk than just the average driver’s lack of “looking” whenever they change lanes. At speed (freeway) this can result in a very quick evasive maneuver for you the motorcycle rider.

But at even street speeds, cars changing lanes into you are a critical risk. Stay out of these blind spots whenever possible. Speed up, slow down, change lanes, do whatever is reasonable to stay out of the blind spots.

Like I said, if you aren’t there, they can’t hit you.