Utah's rise in motorcycle deaths could reverse with awareness

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  • barfolomew Tooele, UT
    April 24, 2019 3:51 p.m.

    "[Lindsay Ross] is constantly thinking "what if" while jamming to music on her motorcycle."

    And that is a potentially lethal mistake. You should be listening to your surroundings as well as seeing them. Riding with your iPhone on and ear buds in is stupid and dangerous.

    I've been riding for 45 years and, through experience, my number one rule is that as a motorcycle rider, YOU ARE INVISIBLE. I've had people in cars seemingly look me straight in the eye and pull out in front of me anyway. Here are my rules while riding:

    - Understand that you are invisible!!!
    - Expect every car to do the wrong thing
    - Keep your head on a swivel; be aware of your surroundings
    - Don't impair your sight or hearing
    - Stay out of cars' blind spots
    - Obey the rules of the road
    - Don't ride between the cars in traffic - even where legal (if you're stuck in traffic with an
    air-cooled engine, pull over and take a break
    - Don't ride fatigued
    - Maintain your scooter frequently - I give mine a going over at least weekly

    Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down!