Although you may love your motorcycle, you still may notice that there are times when other vehicles on the road crowd you or seem to be dangerously close.
Noticing and recognizing potential issues as you ride can help you if you are in an accident.
Parked cars and distracted drivers
According to the United States Department of Transportation, people who swing open their car doors into the street may knock motorcyclists who are passing by off their vehicles. Distraction is a serious issue when it comes to motorcycles since they are smaller than the average car or truck.
Even a minor distraction can cause a car to clip a motorcycle or drift into your lane on a busy road. Since motorcycles do not have a steel frame like a car to provide protection, you are more at risk for injuries.
What is minor issue with a car can be very dangerous to a motorcycle. When the roads are slick, interference from another vehicle can easily cause you to lose control and fall.
Motorcycles also do not have as much traction, since they have fewer wheels and less tire space to grip the road. This means that coming to a quick stop may lead to an accident in some situations.
Differences in visibility
While large trucks or cars are easily spotted, you may notice that other drivers could ignore you or mistakenly turn in front of you as you are going straight since they do not see you. Some drivers may assume you need less space and could crowd into your lane on the highway. Noticing these differences can help you stay aware while on your motorcycle.