Drivers Urged to Watch for Motorcyclists
Prince George, B.C. – Every year, in the North Central region of B.C., 20 motorcyclists are injured and three are killed in crashes in July and August .
In nearly 80% of crashes where a motorcyclist is seriously injured, it’s the drivers of vehicles who are at fault.
As is the case with many crashes, distracted driving and failing to yield the right-of-way are the top contributing factors for drivers in crashes with motorcyclists.
Vehicle drivers are advised to watch carefully for motorcycles especially at dusk, at night, in heavy traffic and bad weather. Other tips call on drivers to:
- Look twice for motorcycles at intersections and be ready to yield the right-of-way when turning left.
Give lots of space when passing a motorcycle and allow at least three seconds following distance when you’re behind a motorcycle.
Make eye contact whenever possible to let motorcyclists know that you’ve seen them.
There are tips for motorcycle riders too:
Make sure you are wearing safety gear designed for motorcycle riding, and a safety approved helmet
Choose gear that gives you the best chance of being seen—bright colours and reflective materials. Do your best to stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
Prior to reaching a curve, plan your path through it. Reduce your speed and adjust your lane position. Always look in the direction you want to go.
Read other drivers’ language—never assume they’ve seen you or will give you the right of way. They may not accurately judge your distance or speed of approach.
When approaching an intersection, adjust your lane position and reduce your speed so you’ll have time to stop if you need to.
On average, 350 motorcyclists are injured and 13 are killed in car crashes in July and August every year in B.C, more than 60% of those crashes happen in intersections.