It Takes Two: How To Safely Share the Road with Motorcycles


A dry road and clear conditions did not help the two victims of a recent motorcycle accident in Salem County.

The motorcyclist and his passenger died when their bike collided with an SUV. The SUV driver was apparently unharmed. Until the police complete their investigation, the cause of the crash is unclear.

But one thing is certain: Motorcyclists and their passengers are vulnerable to serious injuries and death when involved in an accident with another vehicle, a stationary object or when driving on poor roads or in bad weather conditions.

Share the Road: May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Did you know that motorcyclist deaths represent almost 14% of all traffic fatalities, even though motorcycles comprise only about 3% of U.S. registered vehicles? Clearly, this unequal proportion is a function of the much smaller size and weight of motorcycles compared to cars, pick-up trucks and larger vehicles. And in a crash, a motorcyclist and passenger have virtually no protection from the road and other involved vehicles.

To observe Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes awareness of these small vehicles on the road in its “Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” safety campaign.

For example, you may not know that a biker does not always use the brakes to slow down, easing off the throttle or downshifting instead. Therefore, the motorcycle ahead of you may be slowing down and you won’t see the warning red light. Keep a safe distance – about 3-4 seconds – behind a bike.

Here are some other safety tips for sharing the road with a motorcycle:

  • A bike may be traveling faster than you expect, so guess that it is closer than it looks.

  • Your perception of a motorcycle’s proximity may be distorted by its small size – it may be closer than you think.

  • If the road is slippery, a motorcycle may need more braking distance. Don’t follow too closely.

  • Because of the small size of a bike, it can hide behind the door of your car or roof pillars. This difference means that there are more blind spots for you when a motorcycle is near.

Lastly, and this is very important, many of us don’t visually recognize a motorcycle as well as a larger vehicle. This unconscious behavior is very dangerous for bikers.

Motorcyclists and other motorists can both benefit from learning more about motorcycle safety from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

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