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When turning left, watch for oncoming
motorcycles. They can be hard to see,
especially in heavy traffic, at night or at
dusk. It may also be difficult to judge the
speed of the motorcycle.

Here are some tips to help you drive
safely when there are motorcycles on
the road:
• Never share a lane with a motorcycle
   rider. A motorcycle rider needs the
   whole lane to travel safely.
• Be aware that motorcycle riders will
   often move within their lane to avoid road
   hazards like pot holes and to maintain a
   space cushion from other vehicles.
• When you are following someone
   riding a motorcycle, allow extra
   space between your vehicle and the
   motorcycle because motorcycles can
   stop very quickly.
• Be aware that poor weather and road
   conditions and road hazards could
   make the motorcycle rider lose control.

Commercial vehicles

Here are some tips that can help you
drive safely when sharing the road with
large vehicles.
• Keep adequate space between you and
   large vehicles.
• When you are behind a large vehicle,
   increase your following time and distance
   so your viewing area will be larger.
• Never move into the space in front of a
   large vehicle that is approaching a traffic
   light. If the traffic light changes
   to red the driver may need that
   extra space in front of the vehicle for

   stopping and may not have enough
   room if another vehicle moves in front.
   Remember that a large vehicle needs
   extra distance to stop.
• If you are on a hill and stopping behind
   a large vehicle, leave extra space in
   front of your vehicle. The large vehicle
   may roll back when the driver releases
   the brakes.
• Large vehicles can spray debris, such
   as rocks, onto your windshield. Stay
   well back to avoid damage.
• Be cautious around a large vehicle that
   is backing. If you are too close behind,
   the driver may not be able to see you in
   the rear view mirrors.
• Large vehicles have blind spots. If you
   are driving behind a large vehicle and
   cannot see both of its side mirrors, you
   are too close. If you can see the driver
   in the side mirror, then the driver can
   see you.
• You will need more time in the
   oncoming lane when passing a large
   vehicle. Do not pass unless you are sure
   that you have enough time and distance
   to complete the pass safely. Some large
   vehicles are long and may pull more
   than one trailer.
• Heavy commercial vehicles will require
   more distance to slow or stop. After
   passing one, leave extra room before
   you return to your lane in front of it.
   This also applies to changing lanes in
    front of one.
• Heavy commercial vehicles require
  extra room to turn. When a large
  vehicle is turning to the right, stay well
  back and do not drive in the space
  on the right of the large vehicle. Your
  vehicle could be squeezed between
  the large vehicle and the curb or edge
98  A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing 

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