Tips for Safer Motorcycling
"The more you know, the better it gets."
Learn — More than 90% of riders involved in accidents had no formal training. Take a Motorcycle RiderCourse® to develop good basic riding techniques.
Get Licensed — Nearly half of all motorcycle riders involved in accidents are unlicensed or improperly licensed.
Prepare — Wear appropriate gear for comfort and protection.
Be Seen — Stand out. Wear bright clothing and use retroreflective material.
Be Awake — Fatigue and drowsiness can impair a motorcyclist's ability to react.
Plan — When riding in a group, determine your route in advance and coordinate it with the other riders.
Inspect — Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride.
Ride Sober — Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.
Obey the Law — Don't speed; know the local traffic laws and rules of the road.
Be Courteous — Be considerate on the road; show courtesy and respect to other drivers.
Improve — Take an Experienced RiderCourse® to sharpen your street-riding strategies and accident-avoidance skills.
To find the nearest State-sponsored
Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCourse®, call the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation
or visit: http://www.msf-usa.org/
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Theresa L. Egan, Executive Deputy Commissioner
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