Drugs, Drinking, and Riding — Just Don't!
Mixing alcohol or other drugs with motorcycle riding is always a bad combination.
Statistics Don't Lie.
*Source: Studies by NHTSA, Florida, Kentucky, and Australia
Alcohol Affects Your Ability To “SEE”
SEE is the acronym for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's strategy to help motorcycle riders maintain a safety margin as well as remain ready and able to respond properly to traffic situations. SEE stands for:
Alcohol and drugs affect these three elements of safe motorcycle operation by impairing your vision (Search), judgment/decision-making ability (Evaluate), and coordination/reaction time (Execute).
Riders who are away from home and decide to drink should either (1) wait until their BAC has returned to zero before riding, even if it means staying overnight, or (2) leave the motorcycle in a secure location and find alternate transportation home.
See and Be Seen!
The most common explanation from a car driver who just turned in front of a motorcyclist is, "Gee, officer, I didn't see him."
Too often, motorists don't see riders because they aren't looking out for motorcycles. So you have to attract their attention. When you ride:
Dress for safety!
Remember to SEE
And remember the SEE strategy:
Should You Ride a Motorcycle?
Riding a motorcycle is a unique, fun, and invigorating experience. But safe riding requires certain motor skills, keen judgment, and a good grasp of the concept of risk management, which means motorcycling may not be for everyone.
If you are considering becoming a rider, here are a few questions to use as a self-assessment of the physical capabilities and mental attitude needed to safely navigate a motorcycle on the street:
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