Cumberland Times-News

July 14, 2013

Why does it seem that drivers of cars can’t see motorcycles?

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— I witnessed a near collision of a car and motorcycle on Route 220 at Pinto, yesterday. There is a very dangerous section on 220 just before entering Bel Air.  

I felt compelled to write this reminder on behalf of all of the motorcycle riders who have been run off the road or nearly run off the road by drivers of automobiles.

This happens hundreds of times a day across the country, with sometimes fatal results. The auto drivers, almost always say, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”

Many people don’t realize that this is a phenomenon called M.I.B. or Motion Induced Blindness. This condition is even experienced by pilots.

Even large motorcycles can fit in the blind spot of a driver, especially when there is heavy traffic and distractions on the highway. The car design may be a strong factor, as well.

Bike riders and auto drivers need to be reminded often, that this is a real phenomenon and they can learn more about it by placing this question in any good “search engine” on their computer: “Why don’t car drivers see motorcycles?” 60 percent of auto-motorcycles accidents are  caused by auto drivers.

Remind a friend and save a life. 

Ken McKinney   

Bel Air