Sharing the road safely: How motorists can increase visibility

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | Car Accidents

Roads are shared spaces, bustling with cars, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. While traffic laws keep things running smoothly most of the time, efforts to better ensure that everyone is seen are crucial for preventing accidents.

If you’re a motorist, you especially have a responsibility to make yourself/your vehicle visible, not just for your own safety but for the safety of those around you. A breakdown of key strategies to maximize your visibility on the road can help ensure you ride safely.

Be a beacon: Lights make a difference

Did you know that headlights are not just for nighttime driving? Daytime running lights (DRLs) are a fantastic safety feature, making your vehicle more noticeable, especially in low-light conditions like dawn, dusk or during inclement weather. Don’t forget to turn on your headlights whenever visibility drops, regardless of the time of day. Confirm your tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are all functioning correctly. Replace burnt-out bulbs promptly. A quick visual check before every trip can also make a world of difference.

The power of positioning: Avoiding blind spots

Blind spots are a major concern when sharing the road with motorcycles and bicycles. These areas are typically around the A-pillars (the pillars at the front windshield) and near the rear corners of most vehicles. Be mindful of where smaller vehicles might be positioned and avoid lingering in their blind spots for extended periods. Motorcycles, in particular, have a smaller profile and can easily disappear into these unseen zones. If you suspect a vehicle might be in your blind spot, perform a shoulder check before changing lanes.

Predictable maneuvers: Signaling your intentions

Imagine driving down the road, and a car in front of you slams on its brakes without warning. This unpredictable behavior can lead to accidents. Always use your turn signals well in advance of a lane change or turn. This not only alerts other drivers to your intentions but also gives them ample time to react accordingly. Similarly, avoid erratic maneuvers and sudden stops. Following the rules of the road and driving predictably can make the road safer for everyone.

By implementing these simple yet effective strategies, you can significantly increase their visibility and help ensure a safer driving experience for themselves and everyone sharing the road. But remember, even with these precautions, accidents can still happen. If you get involved in a motor vehicle accident, you can pursue compensation for the injuries you sustain if your harm was caused by another’s negligence.


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