Mopeds and motorcycles share many of the same safety issues, although motorcycles have stronger engines and can travel faster:
Most collisions occur at intersections with vehicles making left turns or entering from side streets. To avoid a collision at an intersection:
All road users need to keep an eye out for hazards. Use caution when riding on slippery or uneven surfaces and loose material, and keep an eye out for debris, potholes and cracks.
When you’re on the road, you should be constantly scanning ahead looking for potential dangers. If you spot a hazard, slow down. At night or in poor riding conditions, be extremely cautious – spotting a hazard early and reacting calmly can help you avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
Slippery surfaces reduce friction between vehicles’ tires and road surface. Be careful of wet surfaces, oil slicks, snow and ice. If you cannot avoid riding on slippery surfaces:
Loose material such as sand, gravel, mud or leaves, may make paved roads slippery. When approaching loose material on a roadway:
Try to avoid crossing rough surfaces such as bumps, broken pavement or potholes. If you cannot avoid them:
It’s a good idea to take a safety course from Safety Services Manitoba. A comprehensive review of driving and safety rules for a moped or motorcycle is available in our Motorcycle Handbook. To learn more, see this 60 Second Driver video on motorcycle awareness
and this 60 Second Driver video on late motorcycle season.
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