Working Together Towards a Solution Will Save Lives – California Motorcycle Training Course
We’re on the front lines of motorcycle safety and we work with riders every day who have been in accidents. We are convinced that safety on the road is everyone’s responsibility, and automobiles and motorcycles can co-exist if everyone gets educated about the things that commonly cause accidents. Then we can all avoid them.
We are asking automobile drivers and motorcyclists to take a few moments today and learn 3 things they can be done to make the roads safer for everyone.
• Never, ever, text and drive. Distracted driving in one form or another is likely the primary cause for drivers not seeing motorcycles. Turn your phone off when you drive and take care of messages when you arrive at your destination. Nothing is more important than focusing on the road and your surroundings.
• Look twice. When you go to pull out onto a high-traffic road, check for oncoming traffic. Then look again. In the instant you begin pulling out, a motorcyclist may have moved into the lane you are intending to occupy. Check twice, save a life.
• Use your mirrors. Both side-view and your rear-view mirrors are there for a reason. Adjust them before you start driving and make sure they are properly lined up. Look carefully for motorcycles before you change lanes. Lane changes by cars into the pathway of motorcycles is a common catalyst for serious crashes.
• Don’t buy more bike than you can handle. There are no clear statistics for this, but many accident investigators believe that some people ride motorcycles that are simply too large and too powerful, and they crash. If you are 5’7” and weigh 160 pounds, you probably should not consider buying a 197 horsepower Yamaha V-Max. It’s not an issue of how tough you are, it’s buying the right bike to maximize performance and safety.
• Invest in Anti-Lock Brakes. This is a proven life-saving advancement and it’s worth the cost. The reason is simple: Locking up the brakes in a panic stop robs the rider of any steering control. That can easily lead to a skid and crash, which can result in serious injury. ABS helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable in slippery conditions.
• Wear the right gear. Jeans, a T-shirt, and sandals are recipes for a painful disaster on a bike. Specially designed jackets with rugged padding and breathable mesh material provide protection as well as ventilation for riding in warm weather. You’ll also want effective eye protection; don’t rely on eyeglasses or a bike’s windscreen. Use a helmet visor or goggles. And keep in mind that car drivers who have hit a motorcycle rider often say they just didn’t see them, so choose gear in bright colors.
• Take a Motorcycle Training Course. We’re sure you have heard a biker say something like “I’ve been riding over 25 years, there’s nothing you can teach this old dog.” That’s bull. Studies show that driving skills diminish as time goes on, and it’s the reason airline pilots are required to be re-trained and tested on a regular basis.
California Motorcycle Training Course – Working together, we can save lives
Shiny Side Up Training is done in Temecula or Lake Elsinore, CA. The techniques I teach have been used by police motor cops for over 60 years and are not taught by MSF. Training can be held as a special offering in your area for an additional fee. Call 858 412 RIDE (7433) or click here for our contact page.