Dangerous Motorcycle Habits

Common causes of motorcycle Accidents

Careless or inattentive drivers of cars and trucks

Inexperienced motorcycle riders

Lane-splitting, especially in heavy traffic

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Negligent cyclists or pedestrians

Vehicle doors opening into the path of an oncoming motorcycle

Reckless driving or showing off

Poor road conditions, such as potholes, uneven pavement

Misjudgment of timing and distance for a turn, especially left turns into the path of a motorcycle

Poor driving conditions, such as heavy rain or fog

Dangerous Motorcyclist Habits

  • Tailgating or driving too close to other vehicles
  • Failing to keep a proper lookout
  • Not receiving formal training from professionals or experienced riders
  • Passengers disrupting balance or distracting the motorcycle driver
  • Not wearing safety gear, such as a helmet, gloves, closed-toe shoes, and clothing made of strong material like leather or heavy denim
  • Remaining in blind spots, especially for large vehicles
  • Speeding or flashy driving
  • Assuming visibility to other drivers, cyclists, pedestrians
  • Assuming rural driving is safer than urban driving

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Bikers and Drivers

  • Drive defensively and within the speed limit or the appropriate speed for conditions
  • Keep an eye out for motorcycle riders, especially at intersections and when making left turns across traffic
  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication
  • Do not tailgate
  • Maintain your vehicle and check it each time before riding
  • Do not ride in difficult weather or road conditions
  • Share the road