4 Tips to Sharing a Congested Road
Updated: Feb 19, 2020
As I mentioned in my last post, the Florida Winter riding season is kicking into high gear. There are many organized riding events, Bike Nights, etc. coming up as well. However, there's nothing like turning the key in the ignition, pulling out of the driveway, and immediately running into heavy traffic.
The number of bikers has steadily been increasing over the last several years. While car drivers have been used to ruling the road, they need to be vigilant and aware of us motorcyclists. Luckily there are some tips and tricks that bikers can use to keep safe on the road.
Always be alert - Motorcycles are inherently harder to see than cars, so we need to be on the defense. See that driver in the car looking down at their phone? Good, because they likely do not see you. Distracted drivers are a huge problem on the road these days.
Know your limits - If you are a novice rider, or just got your first bike, do not try to ride like an expert. To test your limits or improve your driving skills, look for a local motorcycle dealership that offers advanced riding courses.
Have an escape plan - Always look ahead for a possible escape route (the shoulder of the road, a grass strip, a side street) in case the car in front of you slams on the brakes. Consider staying in gear at a stop light in case you notice a car speeding up behind you that may not be able to stop.
Practice spacing - When riding at a group, maintain safe distances from each other and constantly keep aware of other automobiles around you.