What is Lane Sharing or Lane Splitting?
Lane sharing, also known as lane splitting or filtering, is the practice of passing slower moving or stopped vehicles in between lanes.
Can it be done safely?
It can be done is a manner that’s safer, however, there is an increased risk of collision especially if the rider is not following safe practices. Just as there is an increased risk of collision when entering an intersection, riders must keep in mind when passing a vehicle there’s always the chance that other vehicles will suddenly and improperly change lanes without using their turn signals and without any other warning.
Inexperienced riders should not attempt to lane share. It takes precision riding. Practice and CHP safety courses are recommended before attempting it.
It is best to travel at speeds no more than 10 mph faster than traffic. Try not to lane share when traffic is traveling over 30 mph.
Confine your lane sharing to between #1 and #2 lane. This is where other driver’s are most likely to expect you and be more aware of your presence.
Be aware of conditions. It’s always safer when conditions are better, such as: lane size is bigger; lighting is brighter; traffic is slower or stopped; there are no road hazards or unusual road conditions like potholes or construction; surrounding vehicles are smaller in size; there are minimal turns in the road; weather conditions are good; there is no decreased visibility; and roads are not damp, wet, or oily.
Disclaimer: Ride at your own risk! This does not constitute legal advise and should not be relied upon. These are general guidelines which may be useful if combined with common sense, practice, and independent research. Ride safe.