Passengers, Cargo, and Darkness Are All Special Riding Situations for Motorcyclists

Riding with a passenger or cargo requires significant experience because the additional (and sometimes unexpected shifting of) weight affects the motorcycle’s handling, balance, acceleration, and braking. Night and group riding present certain hazards as well.Motorcyclists can stay safe by being aware of and taking steps to manage the special risks associated with these riding … [Read more...]

Special Hazardous Situations Demand Motorcyclists Attention

Motorcyclists - and everyone else on the road - should be thinking about safety above all else. An active mental strategy, as well as physical skills, is essential for staying safe when hazards present themselves.This blog discusses tactics for handling certain hazards presented by:• Rain • Wind • Animals • Roadway Conditions (Slippery and/or Dangerous Surfaces) Rain Almost every … [Read more...]

Defensive Riding Strategies for Motorcyclists

One of the tips that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) offers motorcyclists who get that feeling that car drivers are looking right past them is: “Pretend You Are Invisible.”If you assume others on the road can’t see you, and any car that can hit you will hit you, you will tend to ride in a hyperaware mindset and learn to notice every detail about your surroundings, the MSF … [Read more...]

Preventing Your Motorcycle from Being Stolen

In the past 10 years, there have been more than 236,000 motorcycles stolen in the United States. That’s five bikes stolen every hour, according to LoJack, a company which sells motorcycle recovery systems.The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports more than 42,000 motorcycles were stolen in the U.S. in 2014. The good news is that the numbers are slightly lower than thefts tallied for … [Read more...]

Motorcycle Helmet Types and Features

The most important piece of safety equipment a motorcyclist can wear is a good quality light or brightly-colored helmet that bears U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval. Head injuries account for the majority of motorcycle fatalities.The DOT does not make helmets but sets standards with which manufacturers must comply. Other signs of a well-made helmet are a Snell Memorial … [Read more...]

Motorcycle Education and Training Courses in Ohio

There are nearly three-quarters of a million registered motorcycle riders in Ohio - more than the amount of motorcycles in 45 other states, according to abc6onyourside.com in Columbus, Ohio. Today there are more women riders than ever before with about 40% females and 60% males registering for classes, the television news station reports.The benefits of rider training are more prevalent than … [Read more...]

Motorcycle Safety Impaired By Alcohol Consumption

It doesn’t matter how experienced a motorcyclist you are or how great your level of skill, mixing alcohol and drugs with riding is a dangerous combination.Because alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, effects begin to appear almost immediately in the form of errors in judgment, impaired vision, slow reactions, reduced coordination and divided attention which results in distracted … [Read more...]

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