The harsh winter months are finally over, and signs of Spring are everywhere. Temperatures are on the rise, and even though our cars and bikes are covered in yellow, many of us are trying to spend every spare moment out in the sun. This means there are more of us out on the roads, competing for space. Whether you are traveling by car, motorcycle, bicycle, or on foot, there are things all of us can do to share the road and stay safe this busy Spring season.
- Remember to walk on the left side of the road, against traffic.
- Wear or carry something that will help drivers see you. This is especially important at night. Carrying a flashlight is always a good idea after dark.
- If you are walking with small children, have them walk on your left side so that they are more shielded from oncoming traffic, and less likely to run into the street. Always hold little ones' hands when crossing the street.
- If there is a sidewalk available, take advantage of it.
- Remember to ride on the right side of the road.
- You have the right to use the whole lane if necessary. Don't feel pressured to squeeze over to the side of the road. You may increase the chances of crashing by not giving yourself enough room.
- Like drivers, you must obey all traffic signals, such as stop signs and stoplights.
- Use appropriate hand signals to communicate with other drivers and cyclists whenever you need to turn or change lanes.
- For riders under the age of 16, you are required to wear a helmet. For riders over the age of 16, its always safer with a helmet on.
- Keep in mind that bicyclists and motorcyclists are entitled to the full lane of travel. Pass only when there is more than enough room to do so, and only when there is absolutely no oncoming traffic.
- Motorcycles can be difficult to see on the road, especially in a driver's blind spot. Always leave plenty of room for motorcycles, and double-check your blind spot before changing lanes if you know a motorcycle is nearby.
- Motorcyclists, like bicyclists, should use hand signals to inform other drivers of plans to change direction.
A North Carolina’s driver’s manual with tips for safer driving can be downloaded here.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car, bicycle, or motorcycle accident, we’d like to help ensure your legal rights are protected. Please call our office at your earliest convenience at 1-877-829-7211 about your potential claim.