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With a long holiday weekend just days away, motorcyclists and drivers will be taking to the highways in record numbers. This means a greater risk of accidents and that all drivers should be extra cautious about keeping their eyes on the road and watching who is traveling around them.

A recent University of California–Berkeley study reveals that lane-splitting, a common motorcycling practice outside the U.S., is a reasonably safe tactic for traveling in congested traffic. Currently, only California allows lane-splitting by motorcyclists, but other states are considering allowing it as well. (Lane-splitting, or “stripe riding,” occurs when a two-wheeled vehicle travels between two lanes of traffic moving in the same direction; it is most commonly seen when traffic is slowed or stopped and a motorcycle maneuvers between them at a greater speed.)

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