Motorcycles Are Everywhere!!! Written by April McBriarty-Weismann on 3/20/2012 11:25 AM in Motorcycles Are Everywhere!!! HPM's Tips on Sharing the Road.. It has 2 Comments. That is what the bumper sticker says, and as all NH drivers know- they really are this time of year. Now that winter is behind us, motorcycles are emerging on New Hampshire roads like ants at a picnic. It is very important for all drivers to be extra aware of their blind spots as a motorcycle can seem to appear out of nowhere due to their smaller size. As a quick spring refresher, Holt Proctor McBriarty Insurance Agency of Milford has summarized some driving tips applicable for all drivers courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Everyone using the road, whether biking, walking or driving, should not be distracted. Doing so can result in tragic consequences for motorcyclists. It is important for car and truck operators to remember that just because cars and trucks are bigger, motorcycles have the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway. A motorcycle needs a full lane width. Although it may seem that there is enough room in the traffic lane for a car and a motorcycle, the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane. Because motorcycles are small, it can be difficult for other road users to see them, or judge their speed and distance as they approach. Play it safe and just wait until the motorcycle passes. When driving your car or truck, be sure to always use your signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows motorcyclists to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position. Because of its smaller size, a motorcycle can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. Drivers should not be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Many motorcycle signals may not be self-canceling and motorcyclists sometimes forget to turn them off. It is safest to wait to be sure the rider is going to turn before you proceed. Remember that road conditions that are minor annoyances to car and truck motorists can pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcycle riders may quickly slow down, increase speed or adjust position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement. Allow more following distance - three or four seconds - when following a motorcycle so the motorcycle rider has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars. These tips are geared toward the car and truck drivers on how to be more careful around motorcycles. To get some great tips on safely operating a motorcycle, visit Holt Proctor McBriarty Insurance Agency's partner company, Safeco Insurance. Drive Safe!