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"Rollout" plan for 2012 courses
 Courses are currently posted through July. Courses will be posted to the website as follows:

 August courses - June 5
September courses - July 3
October courses - August 7
November courses - Sept. 4
 


You can register on line at
idahostar.org or call us at 208-639-4540 or toll-free at 888-280-7827.


"What do you do at STAR courses?" 
We love to get this question; it means you are thinking about taking a course. A great way to explain it is by letting you have a glimpse at our different courses.  Check out our new 'Idaho STAR Program - What do we do?' video!

Idaho STAR - What do we do?
 

What do we do? VIDEO
 

Facebook Contest
The Idaho STAR Program has been selected by Blue Cross of Idaho as one of the feature non-profits for May's 'Green from Blue' contest. The non-profit generating the most votes will win $1,000. 



Most importantly, this contest is one more way to get the word out about the STAR Program, reach more riders, prevent more crashes, and save more lives. Here is the link to vote and share http://ow.ly/aD3Ga. 


Mother's Day Gift Idea
 
This year forget the chocolates for Mother's Day. Give the gift that says "I care about you and want you to be a safe rider."   Your gift for Mother's Day will be a gift certificate to a STAR class...her gift to you will be to take it.

  

To purchase a gift certificate, call us at 888-208-7827 or 208-639-4540.


Motorcycle
Awareness Rallies
 
Four motorcycle rallies are being organized this month across Idaho. STAR will be at all four rallies and you are welcome to join us. The rallies, sponsored by Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety (ICMS), include the following cities, dates and locations:

  • Boise: starting at 11 a.m.  May 5 from Sandy Point Park to the State Capitol
  • Coeur d’Alene: starting at 11 a.m. May 5 from the Kootenai County Courthouse down Sherman Avenue
  • Idaho Falls: starting at 12:30 p.m. May 5 from Rocky Mountain Middle School to Freeman Park
  • Orofino: starting at 12-noon May 12 from the IGA parking lot to the courthouse

Click HERE to learn more about the events. 


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The Second Aspect of Motorcycle Safety –
Survive the Crash 
 
Last month’s article stated that there were only two aspects to motorcycle safety – preventing the crash and surviving the crash.  That article focused on ‘preventing the crash.’  As promised, this month’s article will address the second aspect of motorcycle safety – Surviving the Crash.

There is probably no area of motorcycle riding or motorcycle safety that generates as much controversy as riding gear.  People get wrapped around arguments of ‘there should be a helmet law,’ or ‘there shouldn’t be a helmet law.’  While this can be a very interesting (and passionate!) argument with valid points to consider on both sides – it’s not the point here.  Here, we are talking about the choices you can make regarding gear (which includes, but is certainly not limited to, a helmet) to help you survive a crash.

The point here is simple:

Motorcycle crashes happen. Over 500 a year are reported in Idaho. Sometimes a driver or a rider (or both) make a mistake and there is a crash. Sometimes drivers don’t see us; sometimes there is an unexpected gravel spill.  When you go out for a ride, you generally don’t think you are going to crash that day – neither did the 500+ people who crashed last year. 
While no protective gear guarantees 100% safety, good quality protective gear (helmet, jacket, riding pants, boots, gloves) will reduce and even prevent many injuries. When there is a crash, there is no way to predict what part of the rider will hit or slide on the ground – be prepared by protecting your head, body, arms, hands, legs, and feet.

Riders lose.  Seatbelts, crumple zones, air bags, and a reinforced steel cage all around you.  On a bike you have none of these.  All we have is what we are wearing.  As a result, when we crash, we are more likely to lose.  Have you ever heard a rider say ‘Yeah, I crashed, but it was just a fender-bender…?’ Neither have I.  The pavement is not very forgiving to your body or your head.

Someone cares.  We all have someone in our lives who cares about us.  If we were to become seriously hurt or killed, their lives would be very much affected. 
Imagine someone YOU care about being seriously hurt...  I’ve heard riders say ‘it’s just me, so why should anyone else care about what I wear?’  Here’s the deal – it IS your choice to wear gear or not wear gear; it IS your choice regarding how much gear and what quality gear you wear.    
But make no mistake…it is NOT just you. In my case, I have a wife and young son at home…it’s not just me.  One of my riding buddies has aging parents that need his help on a regular basis…it’s not just him.  A woman I know is a teacher with a room full of kids waiting to learn every day…it’s not just her.


I could throw in a bunch of statistics and pictures and images, but I won’t.  Instead, please watch this short video made by my friend Brittany. 

Brittany Morrow blog


Let’s just say she had a bad experience (motorcycle crash with minimal gear) and has dedicated her life to helping others NOT go through what she did.  Your gear is your choice.  Honor those who love you.  Choose gear that will help you survive a crash.

 
-Ax




 

 
 
 
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