WHAT’S AT STAKE
Every year accidents involving motorcycles account for many traffic fatalities. Most of these drivers were riding without formal training. According to one study more than 90 percent of those involved in motorcycle accidents are either self-taught or have had a friend or family member teach them to ride.
WHAT’S THE DANGER
Riding a motorcycle in traffic demands specific survival skills beyond those you use to ride a dirt bike or drive the family car.
Just after work, Matt rushed to the dealership to purchase a new 650cc sport bike. During the ride home, he was struck by a pickup truck that was passing on his right. While making the turn into the gas station, Matt didn’t properly shoulder check.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF Get Proper instruction
Professional instruction will help you to identify and teach you how to respond to emergencies – traffic survival skills specific to the motorcyclist.
Know the hazards
Natural hazards such as rain, ice or poor visibility can contribute to an accident. But other vehicles are your worst danger, particularly at intersections.
Always wear protective gear
Protective gear includes: helmet, leather gloves, goggles or face shield, leather or armored jacket and boots that will cover and support your ankles. This gear can reduce injury and help save your life.
Stay in control
Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Be aware that other things can affect your judgment and awareness, such as an argument with a friend, co-worker or family member. If you’re “seeing red” leave the keys and walk instead.
Scooters and mopeds are becoming increasingly popular and riders of this group share the same dangers as a motorcyclist. Depending on the engine size, a licence to ride may or may not be required. Even if you are on vacation, get the training you need to operate a small motorcycle.
FINAL WORD Riding in traffic is demanding and you can’t rely only on your reflexes. What you can rely on is the correct response, learned through proper training.