If you have just bought your first motorcycle, you have probably been trying it out by riding around the neighborhood before taking your pride and joy out on a quiet, two-lane road. Once you develop some confidence, your next goal is likely to tackle highway riding. Here are some tips that will make your first highway ride safer and easier:
Entering the highway
Your first task will be to enter the highway. You can accelerate faster than almost any vehicle, so use that advantage to get up to speed quickly and merge with traffic. Use your indicators, but do a head check as well to ensure there is sufficient space for you as you merge.
Choosing your lane
The far left or fast lane is best for motorcycles. You will only have to be concerned with traffic to your right, and you will be able to stay away from merging motorists who might not see you. Do not, however, be a road hog. Move to the right to let faster vehicles pass, then move back into the left lane when you can.
Limiting blind spots
Blind spots are always a problem for motorcycle riders. However, because you are sitting on a high perch, you can look inside car windows. Check to see if a driver is paying attention. If he or she gives no indication of seeing you, stay back, especially if there is space enough in front of you for the driver to make a sudden lane change.
Filtering, or lane-splitting, in California is legal, but most motorcyclists will only use this lane-sharing technique when traffic is running slow or has stopped. Use caution when filtering, because you are frequently going to be in someone’s blind spot.
You may be a little hesitant when it comes to highway riding, thinking about the speed and the number of vehicles, and an experienced personal injury attorney will confirm that motorcycle riders can sustain severe injuries if there is a crash. Using common sense and remaining vigilant are two of the best defenses against motorcycle accidents. Obey the rules of the road, keep an eye out for potential problems and enjoy your first highway ride.