How other road users can help motorcyclists Travel Happy
Keep an eye out for motorcyclists in your mirrors, at intersections and before changing lanes, and be sure to regularly check your blind spots by doing a head check.
Just because you don't see a motorcycle doesn't mean there isn't one nearby, so use your indicators when changing lanes.
Motorcycles are small, manoeuvrable and can accelerate quickly. You might find them popping up in places you didn't expect.
Keep your distance
Motorcycles and scooters may be smaller but they still need plenty of room. Be sure to leave as much space between you and a motorcyclist as you would for any other driver on the road.
Don't cut in
A motorcyclist can take more distance to brake than a car, especially in wet weather. So to make sure motorcyclists have enough room on the road, don't cut into the space they've left between them and the next vehicle.
How bike riders can help themselves and others Travel Happy
Unexpected manoeuvres can startle other road users, so be predictable by planning your journey to know exactly where you're going.
Be aware that other drivers may not see you. Make yourself visible by wearing bright clothes and choosing the right position on the road.
Keep your distance
Maintain a safe space between you and other vehicles.
Take in the bigger picture
Be alert and take a wide view of the road, scanning ahead, to the side and using your mirrors to avoid the unexpected.
When it's safe to do so, a friendly wave is a simple and effective way to say thank you and make connections with your fellow road users. Another good way to say thanks is with a nod.
How we can all Travel Happy
Share the road
With a little care and patience, there is enough room on our roads to accommodate all modes of transport.
Maintaining your concentration on the road can help you to avoid stressful situations. Stay sharp by having a bite to eat before you get on the road.
Enjoy the journey
Savour the sights, the company or some quality time to yourself while travelling.
Did you know close to 80% of the human brain is water? Stay sharp by taking regular sips of H2O.
Give yourself time
Avoid feeling impatient and putting yourself and others at risk by leaving with plenty of time up your sleeve to arrive at your destination safely. Rushing doesn't usually save much time anyway.
Anger can lead to dangerous behaviour on the road. Stay calm to help stop tension escalating.
Friends of Travel Happy
Thank you to our motorcyclist ambassador Paul Mercurio who has helped to make Travel Happy possible. Together, we're working towards making Victorian roads a safer and happier place for everyone.