Wear the Right Clothes
Safe motorcycle riders should wear the following:
* Over-the-ankle boots with nonskid soles
* Jacket or long-sleeve shirt
* Long, sturdy pants
* Snug-fitting gloves that protect your entire hand
* Helmet with face shield or protective eye wear
If you have a motorcycle accident, these items can help you avoid road rash and head injuries.
Bright Colors Get You Noticed
The brighter the clothes you wear, the better people can see you. Attaching reflective tape on your riding clothes will make it easier for drivers of other vehicles to see you, especially when it gets dark. And the better you can be seen by others, the better chance you have of avoiding an accident.
When It Comes To Helmets, USE YOUR HEAD
The best way to prevent head injuries is to wear a helmet. Even though the best helmet cannot guarantee complete immunity from injuries, a motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury than a helmeted rider.
Looking Good from the Neck Up
Over the years, many motorcycle riders have become discouraged from wearing a helmet because of false and misleading information. Some motorcyclists don't wear helmets because they say they can't see or hear the traffic. The truth is, a properly fitted, DOT-approved, high-quality helmet offers you an unobstructed field of vision and a noise level that is the same as if you were in a car with the windows rolled up.
Finally, if the only reason you don't wear a helmet is because they don't look good, look again. Helmets are looking better than ever.
Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider's right-of-way. Usually this is because the motorcyclists was not seen. To avoid this, YOU MUST RIDE AS IF NO ONE ELSE ON THE ROAD CAN SEE YOU !
Helpful tips to remember:
* Always ride with your headlights on - day & night.
* Slow down at intersections and ride through carefully.
* Watch for turning vehicles.
* Stay out of driver's blind spots.
* Signal well in advance of any change in your driving pattern.
* Don't assume a driver sees you, even if eye contact is made.
* Use your horn when necessary or if you aren't sure a driver can see where you are.
Be careful when you approach another vehicle. It's hard for drivers in oncoming vehicles to accurately judge how fast your motorcycle is moving. That's why it's up to you to make sure you can react safely if another driver suddenly turns or pulls out in front of you. Also, make sure you have plenty of space between you and the vehicles in front of you.
Remember, if you don't look out for yourself on the road, no one else will.
Accidents Don't Always Happen at Night
In fact, 75 percent of motorcycle accidents happen during the day, on straight roads and in good weather. And over 80 percent of them happen within the first 18 minutes of the ride. So please, pay attention when you get on your bike and use caution, even if you're riding the same route every day.
RIDE STRAIGHT !
Over 50 percent of all motorcycle fatalities occur when the rider has been drinking. Stay safe - Don't Drink and Ride.
The More You Know the Safer You Ride
The more you know about riding your motorcycle, the more you will enjoy it. Unfortunately, many riders don't take time to learn the critical skills needed to become a safe rider.
Know the rules of the road and repsect other drivers. Don't ever forget that driving is a privilage. Make sure you and your motorcycle are properly licensed and insured. For your own safety and the safety of others, don't ride beyond your ability and road conditions. And know your motorcycle's limitations and capabilities. Also, don't ever lend your motorcycle to an unqualified or unlicensed rider. As the owner, you're legally responsible for their actions.
The army requires anyone operating a motorcycle on post to wear an extra reflective vest or strap. We get issued reflective belts for when we conduct PT (physical training), and most of us wear this for that purpose also. I ALWAYS have mine, if I'm wearing a back pack, it's strapped around my pack, if not, I'm wearing it. My desire to live and not be damaged is far more important than my desire to look "cool".