Intersections, blind spots and parked vehicles are but a few examples of the risks that must be dealt with when riding a motorcycle. Here is how you can control and avoid them.
As you approach an intersection, be extra careful. What you must do:
Trucks and buses require a lot of space to make a turn.
To prevent accidents, never pass this type of vehicle on the right and avoid being in their blind spots.
If the vehicle is about to turn left, be cautious: the driver may not have noticed you!
If you need to drive near a heavy vehicle, make sure the driver notices you and avoid being in the vehicle's blind spots.
Heavy vehicles create air turbulence when cruising at a good speed. Airflow around these vehicles create large vortices that can affect the ability to control nearby vehicles.
When motorcycling, stay away from heavy vehicles.
Be especially vigilant when riding in a street where vehicles are parked: a driver could suddenly open a door, a pedestrian could emerge from between two vehicles, or a vehicle could merge into the lane without the driver signalling his or her intention. Riding in the left third of the lane is the safest option when you are riding in a street where vehicles are parked.
However, be aware that you are prohibited from riding between a row of moving vehicles and a row of vehicles parked in the same lane.
On country roads, be mindful of wildlife warning signs. If you see one of these signs, it is because animals have been detected in the area.
In cities, watch out for pets, especially at intersections. Extendable leashes sometimes allow them to wander into the street. Do not attempt to kick away a dog that is following your motorcycle, as you risk losing your balance.
Motorcyclists need to be extra careful when crossing railways, especially when it is or has been raining.
Depending on the layout of the railway tracks, you may have to alter your course to avoid sliding on the rails because of the angle at which they cross the road. One of the first things to do when approaching railway tracks is to slow down.
In most cases, where the tracks are more or less perpendicular to the road, you can cross the rails by travelling in a straight line without altering your course.
If the tracks cross the road at an angle, you will have to alter your course to cross the rails at a right angle (as much as possible) to reduce the risk of skidding.
When 4 or more motorcyclists ride together, they expose themselves to risky situations. To ride safely, the group must:
For safety reasons, you are prohibited from performing certain manœuvres when riding a motorcycle, including:
Last update: May 23, 2018