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Sharing the road with motorcycles

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April 18, 2016 - 12:07 PM

KAMLOOPS - It is motorcycle season and a different kind of driving skills are needed to keep our roads safe.

Remember, motorcycles use a full lane, treat them like other vehicles when driving. A motorcycle’s speed and distance can easily be misjudged by drivers. Make sure you don’t pull out in front of, or cut off, a motorcycle.

Always be aware of motorcycles (and all other vehicles and bicycles) around your car. A motorcycle is small enough to be entirely hidden within your blind spot.

Motorcyclists can be safe by wearing approved helmets and highly visible protective gear. As well, make sure you and passengers are properly seated. Motorcycle riders and passengers must have their feet on the foot pegs or floorboards, or be properly seated in a sidecar. Also, you’re responsible to ensure passengers younger than 16 are properly seated. Anyone who can’t reach the foot pegs is not allowed to ride. 

“All drivers, whether they are on a motorcycle or in a vehicle should communicate with each other and learn to read vehicle language,” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie with the Kamloops RCMP.  “Drivers should never rely on other road users’ judgement. They may not see you. Even if they do, they may misjudge your distance or speed. When in doubt, yield the right of way.”

Remember to watch for motorcycles on the roads. Driving smart keeps everyone safe.

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