It’s often been said by motorcyclists that riding a motorcycle has made them a better driver. I’m not going to argue with them, but I feel like I would be lying if I said that it has made me a better driver. It really depends on what you mean by better. Riding a motorcycle has definitely changed the way I drive.
I’m a better driver since I’m more aware, and definitely more attentive. I keep a close eye on other vehicles, and my 6th sense for what cars are going to do is much better. I have learned to be aware of the subtle things drivers do before they do something stupid. (lane changes with out signaling, ignoring right away etc.) I think that with this attentiveness I’m less likely to be in an accident.
However, riding a motorcycle has led me to develop some habits that don’t make me a better driver. I tend to be less patient, often changing lanes to gain a slight advantage, or to keep a bigger cushion of space around me. Much more than you might normally think you would need to feel safe in a car. This makes it very difficult to follow me, as my wife found out while we were moving a few months ago. She finally just gave up trying to follow and decided she would just meet me at our destination. The most annoying thing I do now is I forget I’m in a car, and not a speedy nimble motorcycle. Which means I sometimes find myself worrying that I won’t have time to change lanes for an exit. It’s much harder to find room for a sedan!
So am I a better driver? I think the answer would depend on who you asked.