Living life on two wheels, enjoying the ride

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  • By Airman 1st Class Brandon Alexander
  • Air Force Flight Test Center Safety
With warm weather and bright rays, more motorcyclists tend to take to
the road. 

Motorcycle riding has grown in popularity over the past few years. 

A large number of people have become attracted to the freedom and economic benefit these exciting vehicles offer. 

While on a road, one may see single riders or groups of riders out cruising and enjoying the ride. 

Because of the motorcycle's size, it can be difficult to see these two-wheeled vehicles and gauge their closing speed. 

It is important to share the road. 

Allow motorcycle riders just as much room as you would a standard four-wheeled vehicle. 

In accordance with Air Force Instruction 91-207, U.S. Air Force Traffic Safety Program, all active-duty military who operate a motorcycle must complete a motorcycle safety course, including hands-on training and evaluation. Department of the Air Force and NAF Civilians who operate their motorcycle in the performance of official duty are also required to have the training. All others are highly encouraged to take this course. 

All riders must wear a Department of Transportation or a Snell Memorial approved helmet with goggles or face shield, long sleeved shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, sturdy footwear as well as a brightly colored or contrasting outer garment during the day and reflective at night while on an Air Force installation. 

All active-duty military personnel are required to comply with Air Force traffic safety requirements on or off an Air Force installation. 

During 2005, motorcyclists were about 30 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and eight times more likely to be injured. 

Whether it is a veteran rider or a new rider, individuals are more vulnerable than occupants in a passenger car.

Statistics like these truly illustrate the importance of keeping safety at the forefront of our thoughts and obeying the rules of the road.