There are plenty of states in America that have made lane splitting illegal, but there is still one left where bikers can filter through traffic to their hearts’ content. This state is California.
They are yet to put in place a law that prohibits lane splitting, but watch the video below, and tell me if you think it’s the right choice?
As you can see from the video above, the rider is lane splitting through cars moving slowly down a highway. So far so good, until a driver he’s just about to pass doesn’t use their mirrors before making a quick lane change to the right. He gets pushed over by the car and comes off, thankfully not getting hurt in the process.
There are pros and cons to the ever-growing argument on lane splitting. Yes, the biker shown above may have been travelling at too high a speed, but by lane splitting he is reducing traffic and also saving himself from getting rear-ended by much larger vehicles.
On the other hand, there is an obvious danger to lane splitting, but does it outweigh its benefits? Personally, I think lane splitting should be legal. If done safely and with the bikes not moving too fast between cars, I think it’s a required method to keep bikers safe. But at the same time, drivers also need to obey the rules of the road by using their mirrors and turning signals. I can’t tell if the driver in the video used their turning signals, but I think it’s safe to say they didn’t look.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!