Like other parties of the country, New Orleans is the home to a lot of motorcyclists. Although Louisiana is thankfully a place where people can in most years ride motorcycles almost year round, riding a motorcycle is a particularly popular activity in the warmer summer months, and drivers need to be on the alert.
After all, motorcycle accident is likely to result in serious injuries since the motorcyclist is relatively unprotected and exposed to the impact of the wreck.
The question on the minds of many other drivers might be exactly what they can do to better watch out for motorcyclists with whom they share the road. While, obviously, the best thing a motorist can do is just drive carefully, there are some particular tips drivers can employ to keep them out of the path of an unsuspecting motorcyclist.
For one, drivers should give motorcyclists a following distance of at least four seconds, which is longer than the minimum following distance recommended for other cars. The reason for the following distance is that motorcyclists have to be sensitive to obstacles and hazards on the road which another motorists may be able to take for granted. This means a motorcyclist is more likely to have to stop, slow down or swerve unexpectedly.
Moreover, motorcyclists may elect to down shift rather than brake in order to drop speed, meaning they will not show brake lights before stopping.
Another important tip for drivers who want to be safe around motorcyclists is to check and double check blind spots and other hidden corners of the road when ever turning or changing lanes. Because they are smaller, motorcycles can be very hard to notice, especially when they are tucked behind the side of a large vehicle.