Learn: More than 90% of riders involved in accidents had no formal training. Take a Motorcycle RiderCourse 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.
Be Seen: Stand out. Wear bright clothing and use retroreflective material.
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.
Inspect: Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride.
Ride Sober: Alcohol and other drugs affect judgment and do not mix with motorcycling.
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.
Improve: Take an Experienced RiderCourse® to sharpen your street-riding strategies and accident-avoidance skills.
Courtesy of the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program