Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook

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Sharing lanes

Motorcyclists are allowed to ride two abreast, but most riders prefer to have a full lane width. Motorcycle drivers shouldn’t share lanes with cars. The best way to stop lane sharing is to keep your blocking position, especially in situations where other drivers might be tempted to squeeze by you.

Pay close attention when:

  • You’re in heavy bumper to bumper traffic.
  • You’re preparing to turn at an intersection, entering an exit lane or leaving the highway.
  • Another driver wants to pass you. If you move to the far side of the lane in these situations, you invite the driver to share the lane with you.
  • Overtaking a car in your lane. Pass in the same manner as if you were driving an automobile.

Lane splitting

Don’t do it! In heavy traffic, some riders try lane splitting (riding on the line between lanes of traffic). This is very dangerous and a violation of the law. It puts the bike too close to other vehicles, and other drivers aren’t expecting the motorcycle to be there. Just a small movement – a car starting a lane change or a door opening – can cause an unavoidable crash. There’s just no place to go.

Aside from the danger to the rider who does it, lane splitting causes trouble for all motorcycle riders. It is an irresponsible act that makes other motorists lose respect for motorcycle riders. In these situations it is best to stay in the lane and move at the speed of other traffic.


Rev: 2015