Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook


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Lane position – blocking

A motorcycle rider has some choice of where to ride in the lane. The best choice is the blocking position, a little to one side of the centre of the lane. The blocking position discourages other drivers from trying to squeeze past the same lane as the motorcycle.

Position 1 - WRONG

The centre of the lane does not provide visibility around the vehicle ahead of you. It is coated with oil thrown from cars and is slippery when wet.

Wrong blocking position

 

Position 2 – CORRECT

When travelling the curb lane or next to a parking lane, a motorcycle driver should be slightly to the left of the centre of the lane. This is your blocking position and protects you in case a driver opens the door of a parked car.

Correct blocking position

 

Position 3 - On multi-lane streets with or without boulevards

By travelling in this position – just slightly to the right of the centre of the lane – you’re in a blocking position, the proper riding position.

On multi-lane streets with or without boulevards

 

Position 4 - Centre lane

When driving on a road with three or more lanes, always ride left of centre unless you are in the extreme left lane, in which case you should ride right of centre.

Centre lane

 

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Rev: 2015