Two Wheeled Vehicles

Thursday, 23 September 2010
The tricky thing about road users on two wheels is they are much more difficult to see than cars, trucks or buses. 

Two wheeled vehicles are smaller and much more agile than those on four wheels.  This means they can be hidden from your view and seemingly reappear without much warning.  Also they may be travelling at different speeds compared to the rest of the traffic flow.

Keep a close watch ahead and in your mirrors for any sign of a motorcycle weaving its way through the traffic.

The problem here is that, very often, a motorcycle can approach rapidly without you even realising it’s there.  This is especially the case in bumper-to-bumper traffic where it may be hidden not only by the blind spots of your own car, but also by other vehicles. 

At intersections, motorcycles and other two wheelers may also be completely hidden by roadside objects as narrow as a pole.

Scooters are popular and their numbers have certainly grown in recent times.  These vehicles aren’t very powerful generally and take longer to get up to speed compared to a motorcycle. 

Be careful when moving off in traffic behind scooters – they might not ‘take off’ as quickly as you anticipate.

Pushbikes are commonly encountered on suburban streets being ridden by children who may not be as street savvy as they’d like to think.  They can, and often do, make unpredictable moves without really thinking about the dangers. 

Be extra careful when approaching any child on a bike and be ready for the unexpected, especially in school zones where there can be even more young cyclists about.

In larger cities, you might also encounter pushbike couriers.  These guys are often in a major hurry and may zip on and off the footpath as they run the gauntlet of both traffic and pedestrians.  Once again, stay alert.

When overtaking any slower moving two wheeler, it’s vital to give the rider plenty of clearance.  Don’t race by right on their shoulder or cut them off. Try to give them as much clearance as you would another car.  Patience is the key in these circumstances.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to watch out for any two wheel vehicle.  A small collision between two cars might require a trip to the panel beater.  A small collision with a motorbike or ‘pushy’ might be fatal.

Drive Safely - Russell White 

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