Everyone that rides has heard a version of these statements: “If they don’t look out for me, why should I look out for them,” “They’re the ones choosing to risk their lives,” “I hate it when they split lanes,” “What gives them the right,” and so on.
There are a lot of people that generalize when it comes to motorcycles, and think everyone on a motorcycle rides dangerously, or crazy, or doesn’t value their own life or safety. That’s just not true. It truly is a common occurrence for a motorcyclist to experience some level of road rage directed at them. It could be mild road rage or life threatening road rage. We have all heard stories of drivers using their vehicle as a weapon. We’ve also heard the sad truth on how many hit and run accidents happen each year involving cars hitting motorcycles.
I’d like to take a second to remind everyone on the road to show a little love toward your fellow human beings. Look out for motorcycles! Scan your mirrors! STAY OFF YOUR PHONE! Use your blinker! If you see someone splitting lanes, give them a little extra room! Share the road!
Your lack of patience could be directed at someone’s dad, mom, daughter, son, friend, or companion. Your time crunch, phone call, text message, or lack of understanding toward motorcycles does not give you the right to disregard another human being’s life.