Extra safety measures should be taken by motorcyclists and other road users when sharing the road with motorcyclists.
Following a motorcycle too closely can distract the rider from the road leading to an accident. The 3-second following distance given to other vehicles should also be given to motorcycles because:
- Motorcycles are more agile than cars, making their movements more difficult to predict.
- They are smaller and sometimes hard to see.
- Motorcycles need a full lane width like all other vehicles.
- A good rider is constantly changing positions within a lane to increase visibility for himself and others around him and to avoid objects on the road.
Bad weather and slippery surfaces can cause greater problems for motorcycles than cars. It's recommended that you allow more following distance for motorcycles when the road surface is wet and slippery.
Wearing the correct gear when riding not only keeps you safe, but wearing a helmet is also the law. Check out our new radio ad - Ride to Live - about how to save your skin.
Motorcycle riding has been identified and targeted as a high-risk activity in Canada and around the world, especially among inexperienced riders. The risk of motorcycle riders sustaining injuries in a crash is almost 5 times greater than if they had been driving a passenger vehicle.
Because motorcycles offer riders little in the way of occupant protection, we encourage all motorcyclists to take a motorcycle training course. Students learn defensive riding strategies and risk awareness skills they can use in conjunction with their on-bike skills. The main benefit of practical training is that it gives motorcycle drivers a chance to gain confidence and practice riding skills in a safe, controlled environment.
Motorcycle training courses
SGI certified motorcycle training courses are available. Find one near you.
1-800-667-8015 ext. 6042