Whether you drive one of our new or pre-owned Lexus vehicles, you need to pay even closer attention whenever you’re behind the wheel at this time of year. That’s because more and more people are hitting the road on bicycles and motorcycles. While it’s great to see people getting around using something other than their cars, the increased number of motorcyclists and bicyclists on the roadways causes accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles to spike during the summer.

Of course, you don’t just have to keep an eye out for people on bicycles and motorcycles. You also have to keep watch for pedestrians who may try to cross the street at an inappropriate time or location.

From pedestrians to cyclists to drivers, there are some things everyone can do to share the road safely. Here are some tips that can help you and everyone on the road with you stay safe:

  • Use Your Eyes: While many Lexus cars come with advanced safety features, such as a blind spot monitor and emergency braking, it’s still critical that you use your eyes to physically see that’s happening around your automobile. Since it can be difficult to judge how quickly a motorcycle or bicycle is traveling because they’re smaller than automobiles, it’s particularly important that you keep an eye on your blind spots.
  • Maintain Safe Distances: Although it can be frustrating to be behind a cyclist who isn’t keeping up with the speed limit, you should avoid tailgating or passing them before it’s safe to do so. When you’re behind a cyclist, everyone at our Jacksonville, FL Lexus dealership recommends that you increase your following distance to a minimum of four seconds. If you’re going to pass a cyclist, make sure you maintain at least three feet of clear space between your vehicle and the cyclist.
  • Wear the Right Gear: If you’re operating a motorcycle or bicycle, make sure you’re wearing the proper gear to stay safe. Even if you forget everything else, always remember to wear a helmet when you’re operating a bicycle or motorcycle.
  • Stay Alert: Whether you’re a motorist, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian, it’s vital that you stay alert whenever you’re on or near a road. When you walk or ride by a roadway, you should also make yourself highly visible to others by wearing bright and/or reflective clothing.

As a driver, one of the smartest things you can do to stay safe on the road is to keep your car working properly. If it’s been a while since you brought your vehicle in for some routine maintenance, contact Lexus of Orange Park to make a service appointment now.