Here is what I plan to say. Your feedback is much appreciated.
- I don’t drink and drive. Alcohol and substance abuse is a major contributor to motorcycle crashes. Nearly 50 % of all riders killed being under the influence. 50%! People don’t seem to understand statistic and use them to there benefit, which is probably why they buy a Powerball ticket which has a 1 in 292 million chance of winning.
- I don’t ride when I’m fatigued or drowsy.
- I don’t get on the bike when I’m upset, angry, stressed or emotionally troubled.
- I don’t ride beyond my limits or practice aggressive riding. If you ride like there's no tomorrow - there won't be.
- I’ve taken the basic rider training course. Taking this course has shown to reduces my risk by 25%.
- I practice being conspicuous. Tips on how to become more conspicuous are covered in the training.
- I examine the bike before each ride.
- I wear safety gear.
The month of May was motorcycle awareness month. I say every day is motorcycle awareness since people are riding nearly year round. Please, the next time you are tempted to remark to a rider about how dangerous motorcycling is, instead, ask this person if they’ve taken the Basic Rider training course. If not, encourage them to do so and tell them gray-haired riders don't get that way from pure luck. Then consider if we collectively are all doing everything possible to keep from being that danger. I’m pleased to report that the state of NH has added a section about motorcycle awareness to the new driver training manual. And that is good, because motorcycle safety is everyone’s responsibility.