Crashes involving motorcycles happen. It’s just a fact. Some are just the motorcycle, some are motorcycles and cars. Many of these crashes result in the rider being hurt or killed. Most of us know riders who have been hurt or killed. It happens and it’s real. But there are things we can do to reduce the odds of us getting hurt. What it comes down to is two things: avoiding the crash and minimizing injury if there is a crash. Take the quiz below and see how you score on keeping yourself safe.
Avoiding the Crash
a. I look well ahead and see hazards long before I get to them
b. I look as far ahead as the vehicle in front of me so I can respond when it does
c. I look at the road right in front of me
a. I have taken professional training to improve my riding skills and I practice them
b. I read a book or magazine article about riding skills
c. I figure I’ll just know what to do when the emergency happens
a. I have bright colors and retro-reflective material on my clothing, bike, and helmet to help me be seen
b. My jacket is black, but I wear a light colored helmet
c. I dress all in black and I ride a black bike
Drinking and Riding
a. I have a zero tolerance for alcohol when I’m riding
b. I often have a drink or two and then ride home
c. Drinking and riding is just part of what we do
a. I wear all the gear all the time (boots, sturdy pants, jacket with armor, gloves, helmet, and eye protection)
b. I wear a jacket and helmet
c. I only wear gear for long rides; around town I just wear a t-shirt and sneakers
Scoring: a = 2 points, b = 1 point, c = 0 points
If you scored 0 – 3 points: You are probably leaving a lot of your safety to chance, and the odds have a way of catching up with you. Look through the questions above for suggestions on how to reduce your risk of being in a crash.
If you scored 4 – 7 points: You are off to a good start. You seem to be aware that much of your safety is up to you and that there are steps you can take. Keep on that track and look for more ways to reduce your crash risk.
If you scored 8 – 10 points: Great job! You understand that what happens to you when you ride is your responsibility and you are taking action. Keep up those good riding habits – you never know when you will really need them.
Have to admit. I only got a score of 6 this time. I don't wear any bright colors when I ride and sometimes I wear only my helmet and boots with jeans and a T-shirt. Although all of these questions are important we should take note of the first one. It is OUR responsibility to be aware of what is going on around us. Unfortunately we will not be able to react to everything that happens but it is always good to be able to look at a situation and say, what if this happens? and have a plan to react if the situation occurs.
Have a good day and Ride Safe!