Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tips for Motorcyclists

Helmets save lives, and are required in Ontario by law - almost 10% of riders killed and almost 15% of riders injured in collisions were not wearing helmets.
* Always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and protective gear when riding.
* High-quality riding gear can protect you in the event of a fall or collision. Always wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin.
* Consider wearing a jacket with padding in the shoulders and elbows, leather gloves and pants and boots. Ensure that protective gear does not interfere with riding or controls.
* Wear bright colors, such as red, yellow or orange or reflective clothing to make yourself more visible to other motorists.
* Many motorcycle collisions occur between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Always ride with lights on to increase visibility.
Be seen at intersections – over one third of motorcycle collisions are intersection related.
* Watch for vehicles that may make a left turn across your path or pull out from a side street.
* Don’t assume that other drivers see you. Drivers that have collided with motorcycles often say they did not see the motorcycle until it was too late.
* Approach intersections slowly, move as far away as you can from the other vehicle and avoid being in other drivers’ blind spots.
* When making a right turn, angle your motorcycle across the lane (45 degrees) to create a larger blocking position and to make yourself more visible to drivers behind you. Riding in the blocking position prevents other vehicles from sharing the lane or getting too close to you. As the term implies, the blocking position “blocks” other vehicles from sharing your lane.
* Be sure to check over your shoulder for any cars or pedestrians before proceeding with the turn.

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