Tips for Riders
by Bryan Douglas
General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safely
• Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles
and reacting in time.
• Make sure your headlight works and is on day and night.
• Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your
• Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.
• Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before
• If a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your
Dress for safety:
• Wear a quality helmet and eye protection.
• Wear bright clothing and a light-colored helmet.
• Wear leather or other thick, protective clothing.
• Choose long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots, and
• Remember – the only thing between you and the road is your
Apply effective mental
• Constantly search the road for changing conditions. Use MSF’s
Search, Evaluate, Execute strategy (SEE) to increase time and
space safety margins.
• Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’
• Give other motorists time and space to respond to you.
• Use lane positioning to be seen; ride in the part of a lane
where you are most visible.
• Watch for turning vehicles.
• Signal your next move in advance.
• Avoid weaving between lanes.
• Pretend you’re invisible, and ride extra defensively.
• Don’t ride when you are tired or under the influence of
alcohol or other drugs.
• Know and follow the rules of the road, and stick to the speed