Riding Tip: Intersection Management Video Part 3

October 11, 2018 Tags: ,

TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip: How To Manage Intersections P3: Positioning Yourself

In this video RiderCoach Jill explains three different scenarios for riders who approach intersections. She helps you maximize your safety by reducing your risk. This is part three of a four part series.

Our goal with this video series is to help make you safer when traveling through intersections.

Come along with us as we look at THREE scenarios riders face when traveling in major Arizona cities.

Huge shout out to Trekky Delirium. In our previous video, we were asked to explain a few examples and we’re happy to oblige. If you have a comment or request, make sure to share them in the comments section below.

Before getting into these scenarios, we want you to know that dynamic lane positioning is an inexact science. Since our environment is constantly changing, it is impossible to always have the perfect lane position.

With that said, we want to do our best to maximize our ability to see and be seen, while improving our time and space around vehicles.

Sometimes, we are left making the best decision possible given some less than desirable options. Our challenge is to reduce our risk as much as possible; however, risk never goes away 100%.

In our first scenario, the rider is approaching an intersection on a wide-open multiple lane roadway. Notice how the rider is in the innermost lane; we call it Lane 1. He is also in position 1 of roughly three positions available. This maximizes the rider’s ability to see and be seen by oncoming motorists.

We are especially worried about vehicles turning left in front of us. For that reason, watch as the rider dynamically adjusts his lane position to improve his time and space while traveling through the intersection.

The movement from position one to position three also creates animation which may help in getting the motorist to see him better.

In this second scenario, the rider is traveling in between major intersections. Notice the raised medians with trees and vegetation.

These elements can obscure the rider from oncoming traffic that want to turn left, so the rider adjusts their position from 1 to 3 to improve their ability to see and be seen.

Also notice how the rider doesn’t allow vehicles around him to obstruct oncoming motorist line of sight. Compare the two situations; one without median obstructions and one with. Can you see the difference in riding position?

In our third and final scenario, we often see riders hiding in the outside lane in position three. Riders may think this is a safe position next to the curb, but it really isn’t.

We can easily get lost to motorists who want to turn out of a business area or who want to turn left in front of us. It also places us next to a fixed, raised object which limits our escape options to the right.

If a rider is using that lane to make a right turn, position 3 invites motorists to share the lane. Therefore, if turning right, we encourage riders to use lane position one. This automatically sets the rider up for an outside-inside-outside path of travel and discourages motorists from sharing the lane.

Thank you for watching this video. If you liked the video, please give it a thumbs up and place a comment below! If you want more, make sure to subscribe to our channel.

Be safe and have fun everyone!

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Bill Seltzer Yamaha FJ-09Bill Seltzer has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach since 2003 and a Total Control Advanced Riding Instructor since 2011.  He currently serves as the Marketing Director for TEAM Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Planning committee.  Have questions or comments about the article?  Email him: Bill@MotorcycleTraining.com


  1. Richard Bergemann 8 months Reply

    About a year and a half ago I traded up to a Harley Davidson Ultra Limited. This is the heaviest bike I’ve ever had and I was lacking confidence in low speed maneuvering (I’ve laid the bike down a few times and for me that shakes my confidence). I took the 1/2 day Confident Rider course and it was worth every penny. I now have a far greater level of confidence allowing me to always increase my skill level which increases the amount of fun I have in riding. Thank you Team Arizona!

    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      Wow! What a great story Richard. Thanks for your comments. We love knowing we are helping people get more confident on their motorcycles!

  2. JERRY KENDRICK 8 months Reply

    Appreciate all the information I can get on safe riding, and this one gave me some food for thought. Thanks for putting this out.


    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      We really appreciate you watching and sharing Jerry. The more we know, the better riding gets!

  3. Jessica 8 months Reply

    Quality video with great tips for lane positioning and maximizing safety by reducing risk!

    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      We appreciate the kind words Jessica. Thanks for watching!

  4. Denny 8 months Reply

    I never considered a vehicle might try and lane share as I’m making a right hand turn as described in scenario #3. Great tips!

    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      Thanks for the comment Denny. Unfortunately, we learned that one from practical experience. Thanks for watching and please don’t hesitate to share the video. Cheers!

  5. curt landon 8 months Reply

    great tips to all riders to remember which position might work best at a intersection

    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      That’s our goal…to help riders best understand how to acquire a position that may prevent crashes. Thanks for watching Curt!

  6. Dave Landstrom 8 months Reply

    Great reminders! Thanks for distributing these videos. They’re very important to keep all riders safe.

    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      We really appreciate you watching and sharing. We are trying our best to provide meaningful content for riders. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!

  7. Fred Day 8 months Reply

    Great training aid and riding tips. Please keep them coming

    • Bill Seltzer 8 months Reply

      Thank you Fred for watching! Our goal is to create one riding tip video per month. We’ll see if we can meet that goal!

  8. j.c. wHEELER 7 months Reply


    • Bill Seltzer 7 months Reply

      Thank you JC! We appreciate you watching and sharing. Have fun…ride safe!