California's temperate climate, long stretches of highway and sunny days make it a motorcyclist's dream. Riders can take to the streets all year long, feeling the wind in their hair and enjoying the freedom that can only be felt on a bike. Of course, as gas prices and temperatures continue to climb, more and more motorcycles will be on the road. Before summer riding season gets in full swing, though, it is important for California motorcyclists to know the rules of the road, including two laws unique to motorcycles.

What Is Different for Motorcycles Versus Passenger Vehicles?

Motorcycles are more maneuverable than most passenger vehicles due to their smaller size and lower profile. California law recognizes that motorcycles and larger vehicles are handled differently and require different amounts of room to operate, so California law allows motorcyclists to drive in ways that other drivers do not get to do, namely:

Lane sharing - two vehicles are in the same lane at the same time; can be two motorcycles or a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle

Lane splitting - a motorcycle is allowed to travel in the middle of two lanes of traffic at a higher speed than surrounding vehicles

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