LEARN – More than 90% of riders involved in accidents had no formal training. Take a motorcycle rider course or lessons from certified instructors 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 including helmet, gloves and over-the-ankle boots.
BE SEEN – Stand out. Wear bright clothing and use reflective material on you and your motorcycle.
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. Ride your own ride. Don’t be influenced by others to ride over your skill level.
INSPECT – Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride. Don’t forget to check your tire pressure!
RIDE SOBER – Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling. That includes over-the-counter medicines.
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. Have the right attitude.
IMPROVE – Practice! Practice! Practice! Take an experienced rider course, group skills practice, participate in a local track day or take some other training to sharpen your street-riding strategies and accident-avoidance skills.