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This is precisely why motorbikes shouldn’t squeeze in between car and curb

It’s a dangerous move that often results in an accident

It is never a good or safe idea to pass on the right side of a car in the rightmost lane. PHOTO FROM EDWIN SOLIDUM

Nearly three months ago, we shared a photo on our Facebook page reminding motorcycle riders to never squeeze themselves into that small space between a moving car and the curb—not least because said space is largely a blind spot to the car driver. Most of you agreed with the safety message, but a handful objected and insisted that the move is sometimes unavoidable.

But see, this habit is truly dangerous, as proven once again by an accident encountered by the father of one of our writers this afternoon on Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City. He was driving their Ford Everest and turning right into a McDonald’s branch when a motorbike suddenly hit his right rear door (you can even see the dent in the above photo).

Blind spots are real and shouldn’t be taken lightly

Now, this piece isn’t seeking to lay the blame squarely at the feet of the motorcyclist. Our point is simply to provide additional evidence that passing on the right side of a traveling vehicle—especially within the narrow space between the car and the curb—is very risky indeed. If you do that, you will likely just startle and catch the car driver by surprise. Seven times out of 10, he won’t notice your presence, and all it takes is one abrupt maneuver on his part to send you flying against a concrete wall. In his mind, he’s already in the rightmost lane of the road, and no one else is supposed to appear on his right side. For your sake and for your family’s peace of mind, we implore you: Just stop and don’t do it.

Guys, if you have loved ones who travel on two wheels, please share this safety reminder with them. We’ll all reach our respective destinations in one piece if we’re more mindful of each other’s unique challenges and limitations. Blind spots are real and shouldn’t be taken lightly. That’s all.

PS: Thankfully, the motorcycle rider involved in the incident was unharmed.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 24 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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