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Intersections

The rules for riding through intersections are
the same for motorcycle riders as they are
for other drivers. Since intersections have left
and right turning as well as straight through
traffic, they are high risk areas for collisions.
Caution, anticipation, and controlled speed
are required at intersections.

Many collisions happen at intersections.
Some are the result of poor judgment of
time and space when:
• the motorcycle rider is turning left in
   front of oncoming vehicles.
• drivers of oncoming vehicles are turning
   left in front of a motorcycle rider who is
   going straight.
• drivers of vehicles are entering the
   intersection from roads to the right or
   left of the motorcycle rider.

To reduce the risk of collisions at
intersections, do the following.
• When approaching an intersection,
   be prepared to reduce your speed and
   to brake.
• Maintain a proper space cushion all
   around your motorcycle in your lane so
   you can see and be seen.
• Scan left, centre and right several
   times as you approach the intersection
   to check for pedestrians, traffic, and
   potential hazards.
• Glance in your mirrors often to be aware
   of the traffic behind you.
• Be prepared to change lanes or your
   position in the lane to separate yourself
   from potential hazards.

The safest position in your lane depends
on where other vehicles are located when
you approach an intersection.

If an oncoming driver is indicating
turning left, or a driver is indicating entering
the intersection from the left, reduce your
speed and move to the centre or right
portion of your lane. This will increase the
space between you and the other vehicle.
Choose an escape route in case the
vehicle crosses your path. Never assume
that the other driver has seen you.


 

The rider moves to the centre or right portion of 
the lane when an oncoming vehicle is turning left.

If a vehicle is indicating entering from the
right side of the intersection, use the left
portion of your lane. This will increase the
space between you and the vehicle entering
from the right. Choose an escape route in
case the vehicle crosses your path.



The rider is in the left portion of the lane when 
a vehicle is indicating entering from the right.

If vehicles are indicating entering
the intersection from both sides of the
intersection, use the left portion of your
lane. This allows you more space and
time to react if one of the vehicles moves
in front of you.
 

38  A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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