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					WHAT YO U NE E D TO KNOW                       Drive Defensively:
            TRUE OR FALSE                      • Be especially alert at intersections because
                                                 approximately 70 percent of motorcycle-ve-
1. Riding a motorcycle is the same as            hicle collisions occur there! Watch for vehicles
   driving a car.                                that may unexpectedly turn in front of you
                                                 or pull out from a side street or driveway. At
2. Driving a car is much more tiring than        intersections where vision is limited by shrub-
   riding a motorcycle.                          bery, parked vehicles, or buildings, slow down,
                                                 make doubly sure of traffic, and be prepared

                                                                                                                                     Motorcycle
3. Most riders are going slower than
                                                 to react quickly.
   30 mph when a collision occurs.
   At those speeds, helmets cut the            • Check the rearview mirrors before chang-


                                                                                                                                       Safety
                                                 ing lanes or stopping. A quick stop without
   number and severity of head injuries          checking rear traffic may result in a rear-end           For More Information
   in half.                                      crash. When changing lanes, use signals and
4. Because motorcycles are smaller than          make a visual check to assure that you can            Governor’s Office of
   automobiles, they are more difficult
                                                 change lanes safely.                                   Highway Safety
   to see and their speed is more                                                                             One Park Tower
                                               Never ride without a certified motorcycle helmet              34 Peachtree Street
   difficult to judge.                          and eye protection. Insist on a helmet that has a                 Suite 1600
5. Most multi-vehicle motorcycle               U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) label                 Atlanta, GA 30303
   crashes are not caused by drivers of        affixed by the manufacturer.
                                                                                                            (404) 656-6996 or
   other vehicles.                             Attend a motorcycle rider-training course. It is the          1-888-420-0767
6. In Georgia, there were more than            best way to learn how to operate a motorcycle               Fax: (404) 651-9107
                                               safely and skillfully. Rider-Training courses provide      www.gahighwaysafety.org
   100 motorcycle fatalities in 2003.
                                               unique knowledge and skills that you may not


                                                                                                                                    WHAT YOU NEED
7. An oversized helmet that does not           learn if a friend teaches you how to ride or if you
   crush your hair is just as effective as a   haven’t ridden in awhile.
   snugly fitting helmet in preventing          For the location of a state approved rider-training

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   head injury and lessening its severity.     course, call toll free, (800)245-4410 or 404/669-2950
8. In most cases, the actual temperature
   inside a helmet never rises more than             BEFORE YOU TAKE
   1 or 2 degrees above body temperature.            TO THE ROAD,
9. Head injury is the leading cause of               REMEMBER ...
   death in motorcycle crashes.                            Get Training!
                                                           Get Licensed!                                                                 Sonny Perdue
10. Riding a motorcycle in a safe                                                                                                           G OV E R N O R
                                                           Helmet On!
    responsible manner can be an
                                                           Ride Responsibly!
    exhilarating experience.
                                                     Don’t Drink and Ride!
                                                                                                                                       R o b e r t F. D a l l a s
                                               Your Life Depends On It!                                                                      D IRECTOR
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW                             W H AT YO U N E E D TO K N OW                          W H AT YO U N E E D TO K N OW                         W H AT YO U N E E D TO K N OW
WHY DIDN'T THAT DRIVER SEE ME?                    WHAT ARE SOME SITUATIONS WHEN                          HOW CAN I INCREASE THE DRIVER’S                       WHY DO SO MANY CYCLISTS HAVE
Don’t assume that you are visible to a driver.    CRASHES ARE MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR?                      AWARENESS OF MY PRESENCE ?                            CRASHES?
As a motorcyclist, it is your responsibility to    Car making a left turn:                                 Make yourself visible:                              Approximately half of all fatal single-vehicle mo-
make your presence known to the driver.            A driver is attempting a left turn in front of you.     Choose protective gear that will increase your      torcycle crashes involve alcohol. A motorcycle
Select and wear an appropriate helmet with         Riding in a driver’s blind spot:                        visibility in addition to providing protection in   requires more skill and coordination to operate
retroreflective materials. Wear bright, con-        You are riding in the driver’s blind spot and the       the event of a crash. A motorcycle helmet is        than a car. Riding a motorcycle while under the
trasting protective clothing. If you choose        driver may not see the motorcycle. Addition-            your most valuable piece of protective gear         influence of any amount of alcohol significantly
darker clothing, wear a fluorescent vest.           ally, the driver may fail to adequately check blind     and should be most visible to the driver.           decreases an operator’s ability to operate the
Georgia law requires that the headlight be on      spots before changing lanes or making a turn.           Ride where you can be seen:                         motorcycle safely.
while the motorcycle is on any public road.        Hazardous road conditions:                              Remember that there is no safe place to ride.       An estimated 40 percent of motorcycle opera-
Use high beams rather than low beams and           Potholes, wet leaves, railroad tracks and other         Use lane positioning to your advantage to be        tors killed in traffic crashes are not licensed or
consider using a modulating headlight.             road obstructions may dictate that you take an          seen and to provide extra space for emergen-        are improperly licensed to operate a motor-
Proper lane position is important to being         action that a driver may not anticipate.                cy braking situations or avoidance maneuvers.       cycle. By not obtaining
seen and for protecting your riding space. If                                                              Avoid the driver’s blind spots. Make your lane      a motorcycle operator
                                                   Obstructed line of sight:                               moves gradually, and always use appropriate         license, riders are bypass-
you can see the driver in the driver’s side-       Large vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles,
view mirror, the driver can see you. Don’t                                                                 signaling.                                          ing the only method they
                                                   delivery vans, and large trucks may block a                                                                 and the state licensing
“hide” in the driver’s blind spot!                 motorcycle from a driver’s view and you may             Never share a lane with a car:
                                                                                                           A driver may not expect you to be there and         agency have to ensure
Clearly communicate your intentions by sig-        seem to suddenly appear.                                                                                    they have the knowledge
naling appropriately. Let the driver know what                                                             may not be aware of your presence. Remem-
                                                                                                           ber, most drivers are looking for other, bigger     and skill needed to safely
you intend to do.                                 Special Notes:                                                                                               and skillfully operate a motorcycle.
                                                                                                           vehicles.

                                                   Over two-thirds of car-motorcycle                       Clearly signal your intentions to the driver:
                                                                                                           Signal before changing lanes and never weave
                                                                                                                                                                         OTHER REASONS ARE:
                                                                                                                                                                 • Failure to appreciate the inherent
                                                   crashes are caused by drivers,                          between lanes.                                          operating characteristics.
                                                   not by motorcyclists. The driver                      WHERE CAN I GO FOR MORE                                 • Failure to use special precautions
                                                                                                         INFORMATION ?                                             while riding.
                                                   either does not see the oncoming                                                                              • Failure to use defensive driving
                                                                                                         Motorcycle Safety Foundation
                                                   motorcyclist at all or does not                       Phone: 949/727-3227                                       techniques.
                                                   see the motorcyclist in time to                       National Highway Traffic                                 • Lack of specific braking and
                                                                                                         Safety Administration                                     cornering skills.
                                                   avoid the crash.                                      Phone: 202/366-1739                                     • Failure to follow speed limit.
                                                                                                         American Motorcyclist Association
                                                                                                         Phone: 641/891-2425
                                                                                                         GA Motorcycle Safety Training Program                                (6) true, (7) false, (8) true, (9) true, (10) true
                                                                                                         Phone: 404/669-2950                                                  (1) false, (2) false, (3) true, (4) true, (5) false,
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