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How to safely drive your motorcycle on the highway

As a motorcyclist, you're sure to find yourself on many different types of roads. When you take to the highway, it's critical to adjust your approach to enhance your safety.

Here are just a few of the many tips you can follow to safely drive your motorcycle on the highway:

  • Don't lane split: It sounds like an efficient way to make up time, but driving between lanes of traffic is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Choose your lane and stay there.
  • Take caution when merging: When merging, it's your responsibility to monitor traffic, get up to speed and safely move into the lane. Remember, not all drivers will move out of the way so that you can carefully merge, so plan for this.
  • Stay out of blind spots: Driving in someone's blind spot increases the risk of a crash, as they're unable to see you. For example, if you ride directly behind a commercial truck, the trucker won't be able to see you.
  • Don't change lanes to make up time: Your motorcycle is much more nimble than other vehicles, so you may be tempted to change lanes often to make better time. The problem with this is that you increase the risk of an accident every time you move from lane to lane.

A motorcycle highway accident has the potential to cause serious injury or death. If you take the steps above, you'll feel more confident in your ability to prevent trouble on the road.

If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash that's the fault of someone else, learn more about your legal rights for obtaining compensation.

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