Office of Traffic Safety

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Motorcyclists should practice essential defensive riding skills

Defensive riding skills can be vital to motorcyclists' safety out on the road. Riders can't control other drivers' actions, but taking these steps can help prevent crashes.

  • Always be able to position your bike where you want, when you want.
  • Remain constantly aware of your immediate environment.
  • Anticipate what's going to happen on the road, and prepare for the actions of other drivers.

When basic riding skills are second nature, you can concentrate on your surroundings and other important factors. Riders should take a training course every season or two to keep their basic skills sharp.

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