Fellow Riders Giving Advice

I am back to give you some more tips, pointers and advice on how to stay safe in Texas. My name is David Salazar and I’m here in this motorcycle group because I want to promote safety. I want to make sure all of you are safe. And I want to know your questions.

If you have any questions, if you’ve been in an accident and you want some advice, if you want to know what to expect, or where to go from there, let me know. I’d be glad to help you out in any way I can.

Meanwhile, let’s continue with the Facebook suggestions from the other motorcycle group that I was in. I asked them, “Can you give me some tips and pointers on some things that I can tell my people in my group? Maybe it can help them out..” People were overwhelmingly positive and they gave me a lot of things we can use.

 

When you have to brake

“When you have to brake very hard and very quickly, don’t forget that whoever is behind you, more than likely, cannot brake as fast as you.” Tractor trailers, for example, have very long brake times. They have air brakes that take at least a second to engage.

And if it’s wet, then it’s going to take even longer for them to stop. They also weigh a lot. You may be talking about an 80,000-pound vehicle at its capacity. Think about that, especially if you’re in front of a tractor trailer or some other kind of commercial vehicle.

 

Where to turn your head

Always turn your head to look in the direction that you are turning in. It seems pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people lay their bikes down because they’re not looking or turning their head in that direction. As a result, they end up taking the turn too wide. I know that’s a rookie mistake. You probably already know that.

 

Watch for road clues

Watch for road clues. They said, “If you’re coming up on a road or a parking lot and you see lots of old glass or skid marks or torn up things on the roadway, it’s probably a dangerous intersection and you have to be extra cautious.” There are a lot of road clues out there that you need to be aware of, especially when you’re getting into intersections.

 

The oval of safety

Somebody said, “When I got my motorcycle license in ’74, there was a drawing in the handbook for the test, a drawing of a rider with an oval of safety. The instructions were to keep others out of the oval of safety as much as possible and try to be as proactive and defensive as possible.”

 

Ride like you’re invisible

He also said, “Ride like you’re invisible.” That’s very, very important. Riding like you’re invisible is something I cannot stress enough. You need to be super defensive, more than a car or anybody else driving, because these guys just can’t see you sometimes. They’re just not paying attention. You are especially vulnerable because you’re on a motorcycle and you have no cage to protect you.

So these were some tips that people from the group gave to me. My name is David Salazar. I love talking to you about this stuff. If you have questions about anything, just ask me. If you have an accident and you want to know more about what to do and what to expect, let me know. I can help you out. And please join the Facebook group and go to YouTube as well to check out our page.