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Motorist Awareness Program


District Motorists Awareness
Program Coordinator
Kay Smith

The Motorist Awareness Division and Rider Education Program, through a Team effort, are committed to a goal of establishing the safest motorcycling environment possible.  While Rider Education trains and educates motorcycle riders, the Motorist Awareness Division (MAD) will focus on educating the motorist community.  Our primary goal in motorist awareness will be to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes with other highway users, a reduction in the loss of life, and a reduction in injuries.

A New Era in Motorist Awareness - A Simple Plan...

The Motorist Awareness Division of GWRRA, through a "Share the Road" campaign will pursue three aspects of motorist awareness.  Each of these three are supportive of each other:

  1. Awareness Education: Providing motorist with First Class, professional education through our certified seminar presentations.  Our presentations will be developed for a multitude of audiences, education them to a better understanding of motorcyclists, the risks involved, a heightened awareness of motorcycle presence and what they as motorists can do in the prevention of crashes.  "Drive Aware!"
  2. Awareness Advertisement:  Serves as a reminder to motorists that they share the road with motorcycles.  Reinforced reminder to the education aspect.
  3. Public Relations:  Interaction with the motoring public has the ability to reflect highly on GWRRA and to mold public opinion on how they view motorcyclists.  Our goal in this area is to build a rapport with motorists and leave them with a feeling that motorcyclists are real people who could be their friend, neighbor, or even a relative.

The Motorist Awareness Division has already begun working with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and other organizations within the motorcycling community.  Communications and the sharing of information between us and these organizations helps build our programs, sets the stage for success and benefits the entire motorcycling community.

M.A.D. - Saving Lives Through Awareness Education

Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

(From the Motorcycle Safety Foundation)
  1. Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle.  Most of the time, the motorist, not the motorcyclist, is at fault.  There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road and some drivers don't "recognize" a motorcycle, - they ignore it (usually unintentionally).
  2. Because of its small size, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car's blind spot (door/roof pillars) or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car (Bushes, fences, bridges, etc.).  Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles, whether you're changing lanes or turning at intersections.
  3. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is.  It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed.  When checking traffic to turn at an intersectin or into a driveway, predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
  4. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light.  Allow more following distance, say 3 or 4 seconds.  At intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning.
  5. Motorcyclists often adjust positions within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind.  Understand that motorcyclists adjust lane position for a purpose, not to be reckless or show off or to allow you to share the lane with them.
  6. Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling, thus some riders (especially beginners) sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change.  Make sure a motorcycle's signal is for real.
  7. Maneuverability is one of the motorcycle's better characteristics, especially at slower speeds and with good road conditions, but don't expect a motorcyclist to dodge out of the way.
  8. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult.  Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle because it can't always top "on a dime."
  9. When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle - see the person under the helmet, who could be your friend, neighbor or relative.
  10. If a driver crashes into a motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian and caused serious injury, the driver would likely never forgive himself/herself.