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Spring is here and for motorcycle fans, it’s time to head out on the highway and look for adventure. But no biker wants a collision to ruin the fun. That’s why May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. As bikers get set to kick start the season, it’s a good time for all of us to remember to share the road and think about motorcycle safety.
What can you do? Whether you’re revving up the bike or driving in your car, it’s everyone’s responsibility to put safety first.
If you’re on a motorbike, follow the rules of the road. Maintain a safe speed, don’t zig zag through traffic, and make sure to use your turn signals as necessary. Before you even hit the trail, take a few precautions. Make sure your bike is well maintained and in working order (including the tires) and dirt free, especially on lights and signals. And make sure to wear a helmet and protective gear. Helmets are the law in BC for both motorcyclists and passengers, but they can go a long way in helping to keep you safe in the event of a crash.
If you’re in a motor vehicle, always be alert to your surroundings. Motorbikes are smaller than cars and can be harder to see than others sharing the road with you. Remember to check your blind spots, signal before turning or switching lanes, and give bikers enough room to get around or make sudden stops. They may be small, but they’re still going at the same speed as the rest of the traffic.
No matter what you’re driving or riding, never ever drive impaired and leave your phone alone. Both slow your reaction time and decrease your ability to make last second judgments and adjustments.
And finally, take the Motorcycle Safety Pledge. The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada wants everyone on the road to make motorcycle safety a priority not just in May but every day. Take the pledge and then share it on social media using #MotorcycleSafetyPledge to show your support on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
BC Drivers clogging highway passing lanes will face hefty fines and penalties.
“Drivers who won’t move over can impede traffic and contribute to crashes. This new rule makes it clear who should travel in the left lane, and when, promoting safety on our highways,” said Transportation Minister Todd Stone in a CBC article. “It’s going to take time and it is going to take a coordinated effort,” Stone added.
No one likes a left lane blocker according to DriveSmartBC. They take over the left lane and are oblivious to surrounding traffic. They wrongly believe if they are driving the speed limit, there is no need for them to share the passing lane with others.
Studies show regularly driving in the left lane causes traffic congestion and encourages dangerous driving and tailgating behaviour.
The new legislation states that drivers must stick to the right unless:
Reckless drivers that