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Watch Out for Motorcyclists This Spring While Driving Around Raleigh!

Vehicle/Motorcycle Safety Tips for Raleigh, NC Drivers

Our Raleigh and Durham-based dealerships have been experiencing spring weather for a while, though our Rochester, NY dealership will be waiting a little longer. The spring season means that more motorcycles will be out on the road. Most motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles, and the person driving the passenger vehicle is usually the party at fault. To help prevent motorcycle accidents, we are sharing some safety tips for you to remember when sharing the road this spring.

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Tip #1: Always Remember to Look Twice

Couple riding on a motorcycleThe majority of passenger vehicle/motorcycle accidents occur because the driver of the passenger vehicle did not see the motorcycle. Due to their smaller stature (even big Harley models are smaller than compact cars), motorcycles can be hard to see. Be aware of your surroundings by keeping a sharp eye—and ear!—out for motorcycles in front of you, behind you, and in other lanes. If you are planning to switch lanes, make sure to double check all your blind spots and proceed with caution.

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Tip #2: Give Motorcyclists Extra Room

You always hate it and get a little paranoid whenever another vehicle tailgates you, so don’t do it to a motorcyclist. Due to different machine operations, it usually takes a motorcyclist a little longer to stop at a set of lights, so give them plenty of room and take things nice and slow.

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Tip #3: Think of Motorcyclists as Someone You Know

Motorcyclists are often stereotyped as wild Johnny Strabler (played by Marlon Brando in The Wild One) wanna-bes, but they truly are just regular people who like to enjoy an efficient and fun ride. Some of your favorite people may have a motorcycle, so every time you see a motorcyclist on the road, it might be one of your friends or family members, so try to help keep them safe.

If you have any questions about road safety, rules, and etiquette, please contact us or your local DOT office.