Become a Lifelong Learner- Motorcycle Safety Courses are not just for beginners! Classes will teach you about the traffic safety laws that apply to motorcycles in your state, how to respond to
emergency situations on a motorcycle and give you a chance to try out your new skills in a controlled environment. Taking a motorcycle safety course prepares you to hit the road safely and with more confidence.
CPR & Accident Scene Management Courses- Highly recommended motorcycle trauma education for everyone, especially Road Captains, Road Guards and Club Officers and carry a Medical kit. www.accidentscene.org)
Educate Your Passengers- Your passenger has a part in keeping both of you safe. They should wear the same protective clothes. Make sure your passenger knows not to distract you and what to expect like stopping and turning on a bike so they won’t panic.
Leave Enough Space- Leave enough stopping distance. Anti-lock brakes are still relatively new on many bikes and older models don’t have them. Practice stops on your bike in a safe environment and know how much space you need. Then, make sure you give yourself that much space in traffic. Leave a generous following distance between your bike and the vehicle in front of you and try to keep an escape route open to the side if you can’t stop in time.
Wear the Right Gear- Motorcycle riders are exposed many road hazards. Small rocks, bugs and cigarette butts at 60+ mph can sting. You don’t have to look like a reject from “Easy Rider” to ride a motorcycle. A lot of companies specialize in gear that keep you cool while keeping you safe with lightweight, breathable material. Even if you aren’t in a crash with another vehicle on your bike, you could simply lose control and lay the bike down. Road rash sucks so be prepared.
Until next time, ride safe!
Teresa “Trauma Mama” McClelland
MSN, RN, ABATE of Arizona Safety Officer