Avoiding danger at a red-light Intersection
One of the most common risks is when a driver approaches an intersection opposite of
us and turns left across our path. It’s something we always have to be prepared for.
As motorcycle riders, we should remember any vehicle approaching an intersection from
our right could also turn into our path of travel. Here are some reasons why:
· Motorcycles are much smaller than cars or trucks and can be misperceived as
being further away than they really are.
· A driver planning to make the right on red may look right at you and misjudge your
distance and speed, turning into your path.
· At night, your single headlight may become visually blended with a vehicle behind you with a right
turn signal blinking—the driver turning right on red doesn’t see you and pulls into your path
How to limit the risk:
There are things you can do to help protect yourself. When riding, consider:
· Approaching all intersections with alert caution
· Reducing your speed, Don’t speed up just to make the Light!!
· Maintaining 360-degree awareness
· Actively scanning for traffic approaching the
intersection from all directions
· Using the center lane on multi-lane roads to
increase your space cushion and visibility
· Turning off your turn signal after you
complete a turn
Be alert when approaching all intersections!!