Health & Safety

April 5, 2013

Motorcycle preparation: mental and metal

horizotal_option_motorcycle
Preparing for a motorcycle ride requires more than checking the bike — it also demands mental preparation.

Statistics show preparation is sorely needed: During fiscal year 2012, motorcycle accidents were one of the leading causes of off-duty death in the Army, with 47 Soldier fatalities. Human error was the primary contributing factor in most of these cases.

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, mental preparation starts with a series of “mental strategies.” These include constantly searching the road for changing conditions to increase reaction time and safety margins to respond to other motorists’ actions and unexpected obstacles or events. Other tips include watching for turning vehicles, signaling your next move in advance, avoiding weaving between lanes and adhering to posted speed limits.

Riders should also make themselves as visible as possible and never ride while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, recently started riding again and stressed the importance of preparation on a motorcycle.

“As a returning rider, I understand operating a motorcycle is riskier than driving,” Edens said. “I firmly believe proper training, a safe unit riding culture, use of proper personal protective equipment and mentorship involvement create an environment where Soldiers can enjoy a safe, life-long riding experience.”

More information on the Progressive Motorcycle Program, the Army’s mandated training series applicable to all Soldier riders, and the Motorcycle Mentorship Program, a voluntary riding organization available at installations across the Army, is available at https://safety.army.mil.

Riders should remember to prepare their “metal,” too. The T-CLOCS checklist, also featured on the USACR/Safety Center website, provides an outline Soldiers should follow when performing a mechanical inspection on their bikes.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

Making Fort Irwin “Go First Class”

Gustavo Bahena National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Maj. Gen. Ted Martin (second, from left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers attach a “Go First Class” dental streamer to the guidon of United States Army D...
 
 

‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives’

The nation celebrates Women’s History Month in March and Fort Irwin will host a ceremony to honor the observance, March 11. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Sandy Basin Community Center and is hosted by the installation’s Equal Opportunity/Equal Employment Opportunity offices and Operations Group. The guest speaker will be Col. Cathy Walter,...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

Inspiring a bright future from the past

Gustavo Bahena Maj. Kiryenski Jones, officer in charge of Sustainment Automation Support Management with 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, spoke at the Fort Irwin African American/Black History Month celebration here, Feb. 11. For...
 

 
Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office

The most memorable 25 months of my military life

Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office Major Gen. Ted Martin stands in his office next to a photo of his father, Ephraim Martin III. Martin senior, who has since passed away, served in the Navy during World War II. Afte...
 
 

A service invested in your community

The Fort Irwin Exchange plans to complete improvements to some of their facilities and enhance their provided services to the community by this spring. “Currently, the Service Station on Langford Lake Road is undergoing an image upgrade to make it look more appealing for our customers and to increase efficiency related to customer service,” stated...
 
 
DoD

Farewell message from Secretary Hagel

To the men and women of the Department of Defense: When I joined the United States Army 48 years ago, I could not have imagined one day serving as secretary of defense. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve with you. As I leave office, I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin