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How to safely drive a motorcycle on the highway

Even if you're not the type of person who regularly drives their motorcycle on the highway, you could still find yourself doing so every now and again.

When compared to driving in a city setting, operating your motorcycle on the highway is a different beast entirely. Here are some of the many steps you can take to maintain your safety:

  • Merge carefully: As a smaller vehicle with the potential to drive very fast, you need to take extra caution at merge points. Use your turn signal, match the speed of the vehicles that are already established in traffic and quickly check your blind spot before making your move.
  • Obey the speed limit: When driving a motorcycle, you have the potential to go faster than almost every vehicle on the road. And due to the size of your motorcycle, you're also nimbler. However, if you want to maintain your safety, you need to follow the speed limit at all times.
  • Keep your distance: Don't drive too closely to the vehicle in front of yours, as you need to leave enough space to stop in an emergency. For example, when driving at 70 miles per hour, you should leave a minimum of two to three seconds between vehicles.
  • Adjust for traffic conditions: In heavy traffic, take more caution in regard to your speed and how often you change lanes. For example, traffic during rush hour can quickly come to a stop, so you need to maintain a safe speed and following distance.
  • Adjust for weather conditions: If the weather quickly changes, adjust your approach on the fly to avoid trouble. Maybe it was bright and sunny when you left home, but now it's dark and rainy. Changing your approach to the road is a must.

When you follow these tips, you'll feel better about your ability to safely operate your motorcycle on the highway, regardless of what's happening around you.

One of your primary concerns should be other drivers, as you never know when someone will make a mistake that puts you at risk. If you're injured in an accident caused by another driver, call for help, receive medical treatment and then file an insurance claim. Your future well-being is at risk.

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