One of the leading causes of motorcycle injuries and deaths is speeding. Fortunately, motorcycle fatalities have decreased over 50 percent since 1985 due to implementation of a rider education program, improved licensing and testing, and increased public education. Nevertheless, there were over 65,000 accidents and 2,000 fatalities in 1996. The American Motorcyclist Association, and Aprilia motorcycles recommends the following motorcycle "rules of the road."
- The faster a motorcyclist goes, the longer it takes to stop. High speed and driver distractions are the top two contributing actors in crashes.
- Always wear a securely fastened helmet.
- Always travel with the headlight on.
- Observe the same rules as when driving a car.
- Use the SLOW, LOOK, LEAN and ROLL method of control to maintain traction when cornering.
- Car drivers tend to ignore a motorcyclist. Defensive riding is the most effective method to avoid accidents.
- Observe all speed limits.
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