As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!
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Each year, Coast Guard riders plan for long motorcycle trips. Weather, road conditions, maintenance, packing the right warm and cold weather clothing and lodging are some of the items to consider when planning a trip. This list is not all encompassing.
Finding and buying the right motorcycle takes time and should not be a rash decision. Many individuals buy motorcycles without taking the time to do the research and regret their initial purchase. Like buying a car, purchasing a motorcycle is very exciting – do the research. Making the right choice leads to a better riding experience!
Motorcycle safety training policy was not implemented to make riding in the military difficult. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. Motorcycle safety training has evolved over the years. In the early stages, training focused on introductory level information and skills. Over the past eight years, training has turned to focus on the decision making process while riding. Skill based training is great and needed; however, making poor decisions while riding is what is killing riders.
Coast Guard leadership is committed to providing riders with the proper tools to be a safe and responsible rider. Regardless of how long you have been riding or how much experience you have, every rider can learn something new. Take advantage of the tools provided.
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Serving in the military is both challenging and rewarding. From the Commandant to the newest recruit, each member is challenged to become proficient at their craft and is handed a level of responsibility.
Peers often play a significant role in an individual’s decision to begin riding a motorcycle. Peer influences include the type of motorcycle to ride, whether to take training, and what personal protective equipment to wear. While it is ultimately a rider’s decision and responsibility, peer influences cannot be ignored.
Operating a motorcycle requires physical skill sets such as hand and eye coordination and balance. Many new riders learn to ride on their own with no formal training, and learning to ride in everyday traffic can be dangerous. Many new riders simply do not fully understand the necessary skills needed to be a safe rider.
May is recognized as motorcycle safety awareness month. Throughout the month, Coast Guard All Hands will share important information for Coast Guard men and women who ride, and for supservisors of those who ride.