Every time we ride our motorcycles, we have to think about surviving. We have to be focused and ride defensively, and in my opinion, the cagers are at their worse during the holidays. if you don’t believe me, go for a ride during Black Friday, although in your car is good enough.
People are stressed out. Traffic increases substantially and that results in more accidents. This month, my law practice has had a spike in traffic related cases. I can also vouch through personal experiences that I get more calls for traffic tickets and DUI’s during these times than any other.
In order to survive the holiday traffic, here is a list of things to do.
- Try avoiding riding your motorcycle during peak hours.
- Change your route to avoid those high traffic areas. Bump-to-bumper traffic is always dangerous for motorcycle riders.
- If you are in bumper-to-bumper, do not forget the importance of lane position. Pick a side of the lane with the most space to give yourself an out and make sure there is plenty of space between you and the car ahead of you.
- Don’t let your guard down because you are in a parking lot. Cagers in minivans treat parking lots like it’s the highway. With your peripheral vision, look for the rear brake lights that are on. Too many drivers pull out hard and fast, and don’t even bother too look to make sure it is clear.
- Also worry about the next car ready to cut in front of you to get the parking space thinking you or someone else is about to take it from them.
Be careful out there. Remember, most of the the time, cagers don’t care about you and so the responsibility is yours to make sure you arrive home safely. If you think drivers are distracted nowadays looking at their phones, understand that it gets worse during the holidays.