An Important Lesson For All Drivers
As a driver, it is essential to be aware of everything around you. This includes the cars in front of you, the cars behind you, and what is happening on the side of the road. Many people forget the importance of checking twice before merging. You may not have seen a car, but a motorcyclist could be hard to see. Many drivers don’t know how to react when they see a motorcycle, which can lead to accidents. With the purchase of motorcycles going up by 67% since 2019, it’s important we share the road and take extra caution. In this blog post, we will discuss motorcycle hand signals and what they mean. Drivers and motorcyclists alike will benefit from reading this information and lives can be saved.
Commonly Used Hand Signals
Motorcyclists use hand signals to communicate with drivers around them because their smaller lights can be overlooked, especially in more populated parts of the road. When a motorcyclist wants to signal that they are stopping, they will stick their left arm horizontally out and bend at the elbow with their fingers facing down. This will allow drivers to know that they need to stop as well. If the motorcyclist wants to signal that they are turning right, they will stick their left arm out and bend it at a 90-degree angle with their fist pointing up. Likewise, if they are turning left, they will put their left arm extended horizontally with their palm facing down. Paying attention to these signals will allow other people on the road to know what direction they are headed.
Motorcyclists tend to have more attention on the road because there is nothing protecting their bodies besides helmets and possibly some gear. Most of the time if a motorcyclist sees a hazard on the road, they will signal to all other drivers. If you ever see a motorcyclist point with their left hand and stick their right foot out, proceed with caution. They are letting you know there is a hazard in the roadway ahead.
Look Twice, Save Lives
Learning these hand signals can save your life or someone you know. It’s important we share the road with all types of vehicles and respect each other because, in the end, we all just want to go home safely. Below is a diagram of more hand signals while on the road.
We hope you found this blog post informative! Remember, next time you are on the road, take a quick glance around and be aware of your surroundings. If you see a motorcyclist, remember to look out for their hand signals so everyone can stay safe. Together we can make driving a safer experience for everyone! Share this article to help save a life today!
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