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Tackling tailgaters as a motorcyclist

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

Jumping on a motorcycle is a useful way to get around in Tampa. Motorcycles are efficient and nimble, which means you can often get ahead in traffic jams. Unfortunately, some drivers take exception to this.

If you’re on two wheels and someone is following too closely behind, this can be an intimidating experience. Sometimes, it’s a simple mistake and the driver has become distracted. On many occasions, the driver views you as an adversary who is getting in their way.

While protective gear offers you some cover, you simply do not have the same amount of physical protection as a motorcyclist. Thus, it is important to know how to deal with tailgating drivers.

Use the appropriate lane

Your positioning on the road plays a vital role in keeping you safe. Think carefully about where you are and what you can see. You want to make sure that you make optimal use of your mirrors so that you can spot any hazards before they become a physical danger. As a rider, you are particularly exposed at traffic lights or when otherwise stopped. Make sure you leave a frustrated and reckless driver a route of escape. This could mean the difference between a near miss and a catastrophic collision.

Let them pass safely

If you’re on a motorcycle, then you most likely have the speed advantage. That doesn’t mean you should use it. The faster you ride, the more danger you potentially face. Instead, why not just let the aggressive driver pass you? If you allow them to pass safely, then you can get back to your day and appreciate the joy that comes with motorcycling.

When confronted by aggressive tailgaters, it is important to retain your composure above all. Sadly, no matter what you do, some collisions are simply unavoidable. If you have been injured through the actions of a reckless driver, be sure to check out your legal options.