Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website
"Unsubscribe" and "Send to a Friend" links can be found below.
Idaho STAR Program

Like Idaho STAR Newsletter - The Danger of Riding is Real on Facebook
Like this Newsletter on Facebook

New to the Idaho STAR Newsletter?

If you just subscribed to this newsletter, welcome!
We hope you'll enjoy the content we provide and share it with your fellow riders. If you have any comments or ideas, let us know at  We 
value your comments and are always happy to hear from you.
You can also find additional riding tips and motorcycle-related information by checking our Facebook fan page or browsing former newsletter issues HERE.
Enjoy the ride!

Riding in the Cold

With fall weather already here, and with the exception of a few warm days here and there, we can expect very cold days ahead.  How can we enjoy riding our bikes and still be safe and comfortable?

Here are a few strategies to follow when riding in the cold:

- Cold weather drains your energy when you are riding, so you will become fatigued more quickly; make sure to take breaks frequently so you (and your passenger) can warm up in a heated area.

-  Much of our body heat is lost through the head when it’s cold out. A helmet can not only provide comfort and injury protection, but can help you stay warm as well.

- Wear multiple layers to help trap warm air close to your body, and consider heated clothing (vests, jackets, chaps, socks, gloves, etc.) to fight off the cold (remember that, unless you have your own source of heat, the cold will eventually win).

Heated vest. Connect to your bike and fight off the cold.

-  When riders get cold they can experience hypothermia – a condition that causes slowed mental and physical reactions, as well as the loss of smooth muscle control. Watch for the signs of impairment – increased number and frequency of ‘surprises’ and loss of smooth motorcycle control. These signs tell you that your mental and physical abilities are being affected by the cold and it may be time to slow down, take a break, or even park it
for the day.
Take care of yourselves
out there!

Send to a Friend
Know someone who would like this newsletter?
Want to recommend a STAR class to a friend?

Click HERE to send this newsletter their way. 

The Danger of
Riding is Real
The danger of driving motorcycles went from 23 times the danger of driving passenger vehicles in the 1990s to 34 times the danger of driving passenger vehicles in the 2000s.”
This is an excerpt of the
Making Sense of the Motorcycle Fatality Data and Fatality Rates, and Measuring the Danger” report prepared by the National Motorcycle Training Institute (NMCTI).
Data show what most of us already know, that the dangers of riding a motorcycle are far greater than those of driving a car. For example, for the most recent 10 years of data available, the average annual fatality rate was 27 motorcycle driver fatalities per 100 million miles traveled (Note: motorcycle VMT is a national estimate). Compare that with the passenger vehicle driver fatality rate for the same period of time: Less than 1 (0.8) passenger vehicle driver fatality per 100 million miles traveled.
Average annual fatality rate per 100 million
miles traveled- motorcycles vs. cars

Motorcycle riders are also over-represented in fatality data compared to car drivers. If driving motorcycles had a similar danger level as that of driving passenger vehicles, then motorcycle riders should be a very small percentage of the total fatalities, since it is estimated that less than 1% of the miles travelled in the US are on motorcycles. However, bike riders represent 20% of all traffic fatalities. If you visit, they explain how you can check this number yourself. A quick summary of the most surprising data compiled by the organization can be found HERE.
Decrease Your Chances of
Being Involved in a Crash
Being aware of the dangers of riding is an important step towards safety that should be followed by measures and strategies to decrease YOUR chances of being involved in a crash. Learning and practicing riding skills is one of those measures you can take. Here are some other recommendations from NMCTI:
  • "Develop the habit of identifying and eliminating the unnecessary risks before and while using any vehicle."
  • "Separate the activities of using alcohol/drugs and operating any vehicle."
  • "Match speed to conditions. For example, slow down if it is raining."
  • "Use injury reducing devices should a collision occur. For example, use seatbelts when driving cars; wear an approved helmet while riding motorcycles."
  • "Share data with your motorcycling community. Share your knowledge that motorcycling is often much more dangerous and demanding than people perceive."



You are receiving this email because you opted in at our website.

Unsubscribe <<Email Address>> from this list.

Our mailing address is:
Idaho STAR Program
2513 Federal Way, Suite 100
Boise, ID 83705

Add us to your address book

Copyright (C) 2012 Idaho STAR Program All rights reserved.

Forward this email to a friend
Update your profile