Get the Facts...Don’t be a Statistic!

These are some common beliefs that riders have about motorcycle safety:  

“The biggest danger is car drivers.” 

“The kids on sport bikes are the ones who get into crashes.” 

“It’s only riders who don’t wear helmets that die in crashes.” 

Recent research into Idaho’s fatal crash data (2011-2015) tells us a different story – the REAL story. Here is what is really going on in Idaho’s motorcycle fatalities:

This is what is happening in our state. These folks could be our friends, neighbors, coworkers, riding buddies, our family members, or it could even be us. We don’t want to see anyone in these kinds of statistics. So, what can we do as riders to stay out of these reports? 

Keep learning about riding and keep practicing your skills

Take an experienced rider training class, read motorcycle magazines and books, watch instructional videos, etc. Go out to a parking lot and practice emergency braking, swerving, cornering, and low-speed control. You can find a practice guide HERE

Dress to survive a crash  

While there are no guarantees, good quality protective gear will reduce and even prevent some injuries. When a crash happens, there is no way to predict what part of you will hit or slide on the ground. Be prepared by protecting your head, body, arms, hands, legs, and feet.

Keep your eyes up and scan 20 seconds ahead of you 

This will help prevent surprises and give you time to respond to hazards. When cornering, look as far as you can through the turn (look where you want to go, not at the curb, tree, cliff, traffic in the other lane, etc.). 

Ride sober and unimpaired

This one is 100% within your control. Take responsibility for your ride.

Take rider training  

The Idaho STAR Program offers rider training for all levels of riders. A review of all 7,738 motorcycle crashes statewide from 1996-2010 revealed that 84% of those involved had not attended a STAR training class. Further research of this data indicated that STAR training is associated with a 79% reduced crash risk. There was also an 89% reduction in the risk of a fatal crash. 

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