Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 16, 2013

Sharing the roads with motorcycles

VALDOSTA — With the recent pleasant temperatures and sunny skies, the number of motorcycles on area roads has increased. Once, there seemed to be only a few motorcycles on the roads, but as more people take to all sorts of motorcycles, a person can expect to encounter numerous bikers with each drive. Especially with the recent spate of beautiful weather.

Other motorists should keep their eyes open and be aware of our family, friends, and neighbors who ride motorcycles along South Georgia’s highways.

The American Automobile Association recommends the following tips for safely sharing the road with motorcyclists:

• Be extra cautious on weekends, when more motorcyclists take to the road.

• Provide motorcyclists adequate room to maneuver. Follow at least three to four seconds behind them.

• Allow extra maneuvering room in areas with potholes, pavement transitions and railroad crossings. Motorcyclists may need to slow down, stop or adjust their lane position.

• Never try to share a lane with a motorcycle. Motorcycles have the same right to lanes as any other vehicle.

• If a motorcycle is nearby, check your mirrors carefully before changing lanes. Motorcycles may be in your blind spots or difficult to see because of their smaller size.

All motorists should do their utmost to remember these rules and share the road respectfully with motorcyclists. And bikers should always be aware of motorists who either do not respect the aforementioned rules or may inadvertently not see the motorcycle.

Looking out for one another will help keep a beautiful, sunny day from becoming a tragedy.

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