By Ryan Adams
With Motorcycle.com HQ based in sunny southern California, we know a thing or two about lane-sharing. Heck, for the first nine years that I lived in California, my only mode of transportation was motorcycles. It’s a much faster way to get around. Moving from the cornfields of Illinois with its single-lane highways and sparse traffic to the sprawling population-dense metropolis of Los Angeles was a culture shock to my 19-year old sensibilities and the idea of lane-sharing my way through it was daunting, to say the least. I was timid the first time. Fast forward 11 years and I now feel safer and more comfortable sharing lanes than I do sitting in the middle of them.
After all of that time with no accidents and just a handful of close calls (knock on wood), I thought I would share what I believe to be five things you need to know about lane-sharing.
Keep your head on a swivel
It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings, but it’s paramount while lane sharing. After you’ve been doing it long enough, it’s easier to notice a car in front of you starting to get close to the lane markers just before they turn on their turn signal (or don’t) and prepare for them to change lanes in front of you. Little cues like this give you a heads up to what other drivers may be about to do.
Of course, it’s not just what’s in front of you that matters, but also on both sides and behind you. Use your peripheral vision to keep track of what’s going on around you and, even though it may seem sketchy to look in the rearview mirror while lane sharing, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on what’s happening back there too …read more