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
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-
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
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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
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
responsible manner can be an
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.
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
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,