Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Any Safer?

Since lane splitting is legal in California, there has been conversation about whether lane-splitting makes riding a motorcycle safer. Research shows that motorcycle riders who split lanes are less likely to get into an accident than those who don’t.

It has also been found that lane-splitting motorcyclists are safer if they travel at a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour, and 15 miles per hour or less, above traffic flow. This gives one answer to the question; yes, riders who split lanes stand fewer chances of suffering accidents and fatal injuries than those who don’t. Here is how;

  • Cut Down Traffic Jams

Traffic jams are one of the most frustrating things on the road. It is never fun to sit and wait in traffic for a long time before it starts moving. In some states, traffic could be wrong that you would need to wait for hours to get moving. This is not fun if you are running late for work, school, or an interview.

This is one of the reasons why most people turn to motorcycles in such situations. Imagine how bad it is that motorcycles also have to sit and wait in the same lane as vehicles waiting for traffic to move. Besides just getting you to your destination fast, it also helps ease traffic jams. 

  • Reduced Accidents

This is one of the reasons why the debate around splitting lanes is never-ending. Some people say it is more dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed. Others support it. This is also the reason why most states don’t allow motorcycle lane splitting.

This means that you should first find out what all the laws and rules say about motorcycles before going on the road. Whatever the case, research has reported that motorcycle lane splitting can prevent accidents. Even if accidents happen, those who split lanes are less likely to suffer fatal injuries than those who don’t. 

  • Improve Overall Riding Experience

Driving a vehicle and riding a motorcycle is an everyday learning experience. Even though you might have gone to all the training and driving schools, the actual qualifications come from practice training; and that is the actual driving and riding.

This helps you gain experience on the road. And when motorcycles split lanes, it is not just a learning experience for them but also for other drivers on the road. The most critical factor in all of this is to make sure that you are responsible and are adhering to all the rules.

  • Note that;

Lane splitting is only safe when the motorcycle ride is following the rules and regulations of the road. One study shows that it is only safe if the riders don’t exceed 15 miles per hour and 50 mph when traffic is moving. Defilement of such basic observation may still risk your life. 

This means that educating yourself and being knowledgeable about all ten safety measures is mandatory. Training and experience also come to play while riding on the road. Just driving a vehicle is also essential because you are sober and focused while riding a motorcycle. 


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Time Business News Editor Team

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