Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook

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Position for being seen

Where the rider positions the motorcycle on the road also affects how well other drivers can see it. Experienced riders think about what other drivers can see from where they are. These riders have learned to see themselves as others see them.

Don’t ride in another driver’s blind spot. Either pass the other driver or drop back. When you pass another vehicle, get through the blind spot as quickly as you can. Approach cautiously, but once you’re alongside, get by quickly.

Position for being seen

Look out for intersections

Most collisions between cars and motorcycles happen at intersections. Drivers often have a hard time seeing a motorcycle coming directly at them. A vehicle may make a left turn across the motorcycle’s path or may pull out from a side street. These are two leading causes of motorcycle collisions at intersections.

To cut down your chances of being hit:

  1. Approach slowly. If a driver does pull out suddenly, your chances of making a quick stop or a quick turn are better.
  2. Move as far away from the other vehicle as you can. Always drive in the lane position that will make you the most visible.
  3. Move away from things that could block the other driver’s view. When you approach an intersection where there’s a car waiting to pull out, move toward the centre of the road so that you’re in the other driver’s line of sight.
Look out for intersections


Rev: 2015