Space cushion and
Rider should avoid this dangerous position.
Note the tracking lines of the rear wheels.
Space cushion and
• When passing parked vehicles, stay
in the left portion of your lane. This will
help you to manage risks caused by a
person stepping out from in front of a
parked vehicle, or a vehicle door being
opened into your path.
• You also need to leave sufficient space
in case a driver moves a vehicle away
from the curb or parking lane. The
driver may do a shoulder check and
still fail to see you.
• Look for signs that a driver may be
getting ready to move away from the
curb or parking lane. A person in the
driver’s seat, a flashing signal light, lit
brake lights, exhaust, and an arm signal
are signs that a vehicle may move into
your lane. Reduce your speed and be
prepared to use your horn, change
lanes, or stop.
Choosing a lane
and lane position
Choose the safest lane and lane position
for your situation. Plan an escape route.
Consider the condition of the road when
deciding where to ride. Be prepared to
adjust your position within your lane and
your location to other vehicles, or to change
lanes, as the traffic situation changes.
Four or more lane
roadway (two or more
lanes in each direction)
On a four lane roadway, use the right travel
lane whenever possible. Ride in the left
portion of your lane. This helps you maintain
your lane space when vehicles are entering
your lane from the lane to the left.
When you need to ride in the lane next
to the dividing yellow line, ride in the right
portion of the lane (where the right wheels
of the vehicle travel). This gives you an
escape route to the unused left portion of
your lane, as well as another to the lane to
the right, when there is an emergency or
hazard. This also helps you maintain your
lane space when vehicles are entering your
lane from the lane to the right. However,
do not follow other vehicles too closely, as
oncoming vehicles that are turning left will
have trouble seeing you behind the vehicle
you are following.