Nothing more scary to a rider than to be tailgated by a cager , to see the car hovering over your rear through your side mirror. It is not a pleasant experience.
I am not interested in discussing the reasons cagers tailgate riders. a motorcycle is a vehicle under Kenyan law. Just like a car , You have the same rights. Use them! Keep your lane. Not to the point of death mind you, but to the best of your abilities.
we have no bumpers, no 4 wheels, no safety belt, no air bag. So slight contacts, or what cagers might consider a fender bender or love tap, could kill us!
The following is straight out of the MSF Rider Handbook on how to handle tailgating situations , please read through.
Drivers that tailgate pose a hazard. They may not be able to stop as quickly as motorcyclists. It is important not to let a tailgating driver distract you from SEEing ahead.
In general, it is best to increase your following distance from vehicles ahead , to give yourself time and space to execute a smooth, gradual stop. This avoids putting tailgating drivers in a position that re q u i res them to make a quick stop.
Some other options to respond to a tailgating driver are :
• Flash your brake light (communicate your intentions)
• Gradually reduce speed to create more space in front (adjust speed)
• Maintain a lane position that discourages sharing the lane (adjust position to
protect your lane), or change lanes
• Turn at the next opportunity, into a street or parking lot, to allow the person
tailgating you to pass by.