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Summer Safety Message 2016


General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safely Be visible:
• Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles.
• Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
• Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.
• Avoid riding in the blind spots of cars and trucks.
• If possible, flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
• Have an escape route in case a motorist doesn't see you and violates your right-of-way.

Dress for safety:
• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection. A full-face helmet provides the best protection.
• Wear leather or other sturdy, protective clothing (jacket and pants); over-the-ankle boots; and gloves.
• Bright clothing and a light-colored helmet increase the chances of being seen.
• Dress for a crash as well as for the ride.

Apply effective mental strategies:
• Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Use the Search-Evaluate-Execute strategy (SEE) to assess and respond to hazards before you have to react to an emergency.
• Give yourself space and time as you search for traps and escape paths.
• Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
• Use lane positioning to see and be seen. Search for vehicles that may turn across your path, especially at intersections.
• Use your turn signals for all turns and lane changes.
• Ride as if you're invisible.
• Don't ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
• Know and follow the rules of the road.

Know your bike and how to use it:
• Study your motorcycle's owner's manual and make a habit of doing a pre-ride check.
• Visit to take one of our online courses or review the wealth of information in our library.
• Get formal hands-on training and take refresher courses. Call 800.446.9227 or visit to locate a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider Course near you.
• Develop your riding techniques before venturing into traffic, especially emergency braking and swerving maneuvers. Practice often to keep your skills sharp.
• Corner within your skill limits. Aggressive cornering is a major cause of crashes.
• Know how to handle your bike in adverse conditions such as wet or sandy roads, high
winds, and uneven surfaces.

Remember: Be mindful of collision traps and escape paths. People driving cars often don't notice motorcycles. Ride within your skill level and situational limits.

Last Updated: JUL 2016
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