There is little in life that is more freeing than the feeling of the wind on your face, as you travel down the highway on a motorcycle. It’s as close as humans can come to taking flight, but it’s also an extremely dangerous pastime. In the healthcare field, many bikes are known as donor-cycles because accidents involving them are often cataclysmic. Think about it, in a car accident, there is a boatload of metal and pockets of air to protect you from contact with the road, while on a motorcycle, there is nothing.
Over the past several years, there has been a movement to make the roads safer for motorcyclists. Drivers are taught to practice awareness of bikers, allow them a wide berth so we can stop on time and avoid collision with them, and to check our blind spots. There are more cars than bikes on the roads, in most instances, and they’re smaller than cars so the onus is on us to be hyper-sensitive to their presence. There are guidelines present all over the internet for how to properly deal with motorcyclists safely and efficiently with as little damage as possible, but are there any guides on how to deal with the small percentage of bikers that give the others a bad name.
Yeah, we’re going to talk about a couple of things that make co-traveling with the bikers even more difficult than it has to be. Certainly there are admirable motorcycle riders on the road; the ones that follow the rules of the road and effectively travel with us. They find a way to drive with us, they’re careful, and they pay the same amount of attention that we’re supposed to. Then there are the bikers that give the others a bad name.
We’ve all heard the distinct hum of a street bike on the highway, and all of us have different reactions to that particular sound. Some of us swivel around in our seats to see the biker fly past us, while some of us simply shake our heads and marvel at their supposed bravery for traveling in excess of one hundred miles per hour on a glorified bicycle. One of the things that makes motorcycle travel so dangerous is that motorcycles are able to hide in our blind spots. Most drivers make themselves fairly aware of this fact, and we keep track of where the bikers are and most of them are pretty aware of us.
However, the majority doesn’t speak for the number of bikers out there that we’re supposed to be careful of, when they don’t care if they’re careful of us. We’re talking about the motorcyclists that are slicing up the center line in a traffic jam as if they’re above the law. We’re discussing the bikers traveling nearly one hundred and fifty miles per hour and sliding in and out of lanes on the highway creating an added danger for drivers everywhere. These are the people to whom we’re supposed to pay extra special attention? Where is the equal consideration?
Sure, most of us are willing to share the road and to do so as safely as possible, but what if the people with whom we’re sharing the road are putting lives in danger? All too often, motorcyclists tend to be practicing some dangerous maneuvers that make our driving duties more difficult to maintain. How are we supposed to counter being cut off by a vehicle that can fit in a space we can’t? How are we supposed to stop in time when this happens? Ninety percent of collisions with motorcycles are deemed the fault of the car or truck, not the motorcycle, so how are we dealing with the ten percent who aren’t following the rules.
The law has made special exceptions for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and even pedestrians when it comes to drivers, but who is protecting us from these groups when they’re not following the same rules we have to? Driving has become dangerous enough without some idiot passing at nearly triple the speed limit, unable to be effectively tracked because he’s able to travel in spaces that cars cannot.
While most motorcyclists are willing to share the road in a civilized fashion, there are some bikers giving these guys a bad name. If you’re a biker and you know your friends ride foolishly; have a chat with them. Most drivers are really trying to just make it home without harming ourselves or others, and showboating motorcyclists aren’t make that goal very attainable. We’re not asking to be let off the hook so we can go back to being blissfully unaware, we’re asking for equal consideration.