Health & Safety

July 6, 2012

Critical Days of Summer

Motorcycle safety

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by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

One of the easiest things a rider can do to help prevent injuries is to wear the necessary gear required by all Air Force members. For more information on protection gear or courses available at Luke Air Force Base, call the 56th Fighter Wing Safety Office at (623) 856-6104.

 

Facts

Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash.

Although motorcycles account for only 2 percent of vehicles on the road, they are involved in more than 10 percent of all crashes.

Intersections can be very dangerous for motorcycles. The most frequent motorcycle accident happens when a motorcycle is proceeding straight and a car makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.

 

Top 5 motorcycle safety tips

5. Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothes during the day and reflective gear at night.

4. Ride defensively. Be alert to the actions and activity of other vehicles on the road.

3. Don’t buy a motorcycle beyond your riding ability.

2. Wear the proper protection equipment, especially a helmet.

1. If new to riding motorcycles, get the proper training and licensing.

 

 

Most drivers involved in an accident with a motorcycle say they didn’t see the motorcycle at all or until it was too late. Motorcycle riders need to do their part by being visible, and vehicle operators need to be vigilant of the motorcycles on the road.”

— Staff Sgt. Timothy Noel, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety technician 

 

 

By the numbers 

4,000-plus – active-duty military members died in crashes between 1999 and 2010

24 percent – were riding a motorcycle

15 – Airmen died in motorcycle crashes during fiscal 2011

50 percent – of Airman fatalities have been motorcycle-related in fiscal 2012

 




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