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Old 07-12-2007, 10:02 AM   #1
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Taking my defensive drving course and I ran across this.

Sharing the Road and Driving Responsibly

Motorcycle Safety

Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on public roadways as automobile drivers. In collisions with two-wheeled vehicles, the motor vehicle driver seldom experiences injury, but injury or death is often inflicted on the cyclist. The driver of the larger vehicle must accept the major share of responsibility for protecting these riders.

Follow these guidelines for sharing the roadway with motorcyclists:
As a vehicle driver, remember that motorcyclists are less protected than you are, so you should accept an extra share of the responsibility for avoiding a collision.

Be alert for the inexperienced motorcyclist (i.e. jerky starts and stops or excessive wobble when riding.)
Give motorcyclists without protective clothing a wide berth. Their poor judgment regarding their need for protective clothing may also be an indication of poor driving skills.
Remember that water, sand, oil slicks, or gravel can affect a motorcycle's traction.
Allow a 4-second following distance when behind a motorcycle and allow an even greater distance in poor weather conditions.

The most common area of collisions with motorcycles is at intersections. Be prepared to yield to avoid a collision.

Helmets and Other Protective Equipment

Even low-speed crashes can be fatal. Most riders are going slower than 30 mph when they get injured. At these speeds, helmets can cut both the number and the severity of head injuries by half. Motorcycle riders who do not wear helmets are 40 percent more likely to sustain fatal head injuries in a motorcycle crash than riders who do wear helmets (Alliance for Safe Driving, 2000.) Both motorcyclists and bicyclists are prone to many other bodily injuries and should consider additional protective equipment (i.e., eye protection, heavy and easy-to-see clothing, boots, gloves, reflective material, etc.) when riding.

Texas law requires all operators and passengers of motorcycles to wear helmets. In Texas, motorcyclists may be exempt from the helmet law if the person is at least 21 years of age and has successfully completed an approved motorcycle operator-training course or is covered by a health insurance plan of $10,000 or more to cover injuries in the event of a crash.

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Old 07-12-2007, 11:10 AM   #2
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thats good, but truth is that most drivers will probably say, well tuff luck your the one that wants to ride a motorcycle.
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