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Joe Hartrich of American Harley Davidson With Steve Kantor

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Motorcycle Safety

There's nothing like a great ride on a beautiful day. Cruising down the back roads of Western New York is one of life's pleasures. You get a great sense of freedom when you ride a motorcycle, but to be safe, you should always be aware of your surroundings. While there are many variables you can't control, there are some that you can. You can greatly increase your safety by making sure you're always visible to other vehicles.

Safety Tips

Be visible:
Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.
Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.
If you think a motorist doesn't see you, don't be afraid to use your horn.

Dress for safety:
Wear a quality approved helmet and eye protection.
Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your protective gear.

Apply effective mental strategies:
Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Use Search, Evaluate, Execute Strategy SEE to increase time and space safety margins.
Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists' actions.
Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
Use lane positioning to be seen ride in the part of a lane where you are most visible.
Watch for turning vehicles.
Signal your next move in advance.
Avoid weaving between lanes.
Don't ride when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Remember: Give yourself space.

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