Operating a motorcycle at high speed, such as on a highway, can be a nerve-racking experience. However, the more time you spend on the road the more confidence you’ll gain.
Here are five tips to help you safely drive your motorcycle on a highway:
- Be careful at merge points: Many accidents occur at merge points, as you attempt to get your motorcycle up to the speed of the traffic that’s already established. Signal early, match the speed of the other vehicles and check your blind spot one last time before merging.
- Stay alert: Even when traffic is light, you must stay alert. Maybe a vehicle changes lanes in front of you without signaling. Maybe traffic suddenly comes to a stop ahead. Or maybe there’s debris on the road. When you’re alert, it’s easier to make a split second decision to prevent an accident.
- Follow the speed limit: It’s safe to say that your motorcycle is one of the fastest vehicles on the road, but that doesn’t mean you should violate the speed limit. Other drivers may do so, but you shouldn’t follow suit. It’s safest to follow the speed limit and drive in the right lane.
- Make yourself visible: One of the top concerns of motorcyclists is another driver not seeing them. There are many ways to make yourself visible, such as avoiding blind spots and using your front light at all times.
- Beware of changing weather conditions: It may be sunny when you first jump on your motorcycle, but soon enough rain and strong wind could move into the area. If this happens, alter your driving style to enhance your safety. For example, it’s imperative to slow down if the road is slick or the fog is heavy.
Even if you take these steps to safely ride on the highway, another driver could still cause an accident.
If this happens, move to safety, if possible, and then call 911. This allows you to receive medical attention as quickly as possible.
Once your injuries allow, file a claim with your motorcycle insurance company, review the police report and learn more about your legal rights in California for seeking compensation from the negligent party.