Study indicates riding a motorcycle may teach good driving habits

Data show that car drivers who also ride motorcycles crash less than those who do not. Increased caution and awareness may contribute to safe habits.

People in West Virginia may be aware of the dangers of motorcycle riding. Although the skills used to drive a car are not the same as those needed to effectively control a motorcycle, a recent study indicates that the reverse is not true. According to, an insurance company's research indicates that motorcyclists make better car drivers.

The methodology for the research involved analyzing the data for those who had both car and motorcycle insurance against those who only had car insurance. Researchers discovered that those who had a motorcycle policy as well were between 20 and 23 percent less likely to make an accident claim on their cars.

Resisting distractions

According to, the ability to refrain from driver distractions and stay alert could be one of the main reasons riders make better drivers. A motorcyclist has to be more mindful of the surrounding environment because of the vulnerability to other vehicles and the road and weather conditions, and it could be that these habits carry over to other modes of transportation.

Another possible source of good behavior is the fact that riders cannot rely on in-vehicle technology to provide directions. As a result, they are more likely to be in the habit of learning new routes ahead of time, allowing them to pay more attention to the road instead of a navigational system.

Using signals and mirrors

The defensive riding techniques that are mandatory for a safe trip on a motorcycle include the ability to identify the bad behaviors of car drivers. When a careless motorist fails to do a head and mirror check before changing lanes or neglects to use a turn signal, it puts the rider at risk of a crash. Motorcyclists have to be more aware of the hazards these drivers create for those around them to stay safe. So, they may tend to use more caution when they are motorists themselves.

Providing adequate stopping distance

One aggressive driving behavior that can have disastrous results on a motorcycle is tailgating. When drivers follow too closely and do not allow enough braking time, a motorcyclist may be unable to stop in time. Slamming on the brakes can end in a slide and serious road rash, or a trip over the handlebars. Allowing three to four seconds between vehicles improves safety, and riders tend to be very aware of this fact.

Careless, distracted and aggressive drivers create major hazards for motorcyclists, as well as everyone else on the road. A rider who has been injured in a crash may benefit from the advice of a car accident attorney who is experienced in representing motorcyclists and ensuring that they receive the maximum amount to which they are entitled by law.