On a motorcycle, driving safely for you and others starts with obeying speed limits and adapting your driving to the road context.
It is essential to know when to adjust your speed when riding a motorcycle. You must take into account:
The stopping distance is the distance travelled from the time you realize that a situation requires you to brake to the time the motorcycle comes to a full stop.
To calculate the stopping distance, the following variables must be taken into account:
The braking distance varies depending on:
When riding a motorcycle, it is important to keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Doing so:
The brain can only process a limited amount of information at once. The faster a vehicle is moving, the more information the brain receives, thus reducing the field of vision.
For example, if you are in a parked vehicle, your field of vision is slightly wider than 150 degrees. At 100 km/h, your field of vision is reduced by approximately half.
Speed is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec.
On average, in 44% of motorcyclist fatalities over the past 5 years, “speeding” was mentioned as one of the two main causes of the accident.
... driving at a speed above the posted speed limit.
Speeding can lead to demerit points.
Each speeding offence is associated with a fine (PDF, 925.4 ko) and, depending on the number of demerit points you have accumulated in your driving record, an increase in the cost of your driver’s licence.
In order to ensure the safety of workers, schoolchildren and other road users, fines are doubled when it comes to speeding in road work zones and school zones (during the school year). Take care to obey the posted limits and slow down.
…driving at a speed that exceeds the speed limit by:
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Last update: May 30, 2022