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11th Wing Safety Office - Motorcycle Safety - Ride Smart

Posted 6/6/2011   Updated 6/6/2011 Email story   Print story

    


11th Wing Safety Office

6/6/2011 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.  -- Whether you are just starting to think about purchasing your first bike or a seasoned motorcycle veteran, motorcycle safety should always be your prime concern and a riding course is always a good idea and for servicemembers, it is mandatory.



The Motorcycle Safety Foundation states the following about motorcycle safety:
  • A motorcyclist should attend a motorcycle rider-training course to learn how to safely and skillfully operate a motorcycle.
  •  A motorcyclist has to be more careful and aware at intersections where most motorcycle/vehicle mishaps occur.
  • Motorcyclists must remain visible to other motorists at all times. Don't ride in a car's blind spot.
  • Anticipate what may happen. For example, anticipate that drivers backing their cars out of driveways may not see you. Also, place greater emphasis on defensive driving.
  • Motorcyclists must be more cautious when riding in inclement weather, on slippery surfaces, or when encountering obstacles on the roadway.
  • Motorcyclists must place greater reliance on their helmet, eye protection and clothing to increase riding comfort and to reduce the severity of injury should they become involved in a motorcycle mishap.
  • Approximately half of all fatal single-vehicle motorcycle mishaps involve alcohol. A motorcycle requires more skill and coordination to operate than a car. Riding a motorcycle while under the influence of any amount of alcohol significantly decreases an operator's ability to operate the motorcycle safely.
  • An estimated one-third of motorcyclists killed in traffic mishaps are not licensed or are improperly licensed to operate a motorcycle. By not obtaining a motorcycle operator license, riders are bypassing the only method they and state licensing agencies have to ensure they have the knowledge and skill needed to safely and skillfully operate a motorcycle.


Some Causes of Motorcycle Mishaps:
  • Lack of basic riding skills
  •  Failure to appreciate the inherent operating characteristics
  •  Failure to appreciate the limitations of the motorcycle
  • Failure to use special precautions while riding
  • Failure to use defensive driving techniques
  • Lack of specific braking and cornering skills
  •  Failure to follow speed limit



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