GWRRA's Motorist Awareness Division (MAD) and its Ride Aware! Campaign seeks to reduce the number of
crashes and near-misses occurring between motorcyclists and other highway users through a program of
awareness education for motorcyclists and motorists.
The Motorist Awareness (MA) program will be conducted by Motorist Awareness Division coordinators and
liaisons, spreading the gospel of Motorist Awareness through public speaking, distribution of printed
materials, and by being highly visible at events and rallies worldwide. Specifically, coordinators and
- Distribute brochures to relatives, co-workers, and friends.
- Leave handouts and materials with retailers, waitresses, banks, doctors and others on an ongoing
- Encourage motorcycle organizations to hold Motorist Awareness Bike Shows.
- Distribute MA documentation and information at shopping centers, auto parts and grocery stores,
- Speak on MA at high schools, community clubs, such as Elk's Club, Lion's Club, Masons and other
social groups with motorists and/or motorcyclists in attendance.
Among all motor vehicles, motorcycles are the most vulnerable on the road. Because motorcycles do not
have seat belts, you can be thrown offyour seat in a crash, which can result in serious injury or even
death. Imagine your chance for survival if a truck strikes you, or if you strike it.
Hitting a truck is like hitting a steel wall. However, your chance for survival will be increased if
you wear a helmet and follow the safety tips below when riding your motorcycle.
Here are some safety tips from Share the Road Program:
- WATCH THE NO-ZONES
- Never hang out in a truck's blind spot or "No-Zone." Trucks have large No-Zones on both sides,
the front and behind the truck. Truck drivers cannot see you when you ride in these blind spots, which
allows for a greater chance of a crash. The front blind spot is particularly dangerous if you need to
stop quickly. Because of their light weight and braking system, motorcycles can stop much faster than
trucks. A truck may not be able to stop as quickly as you do, so you need to take special precautions
to avoid crashes before they happen.
- ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
- Make sure to always wear a helmet. Beware of helmets that do not meet U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) standards. Check for the DOT label inside your helmet. Helmets are the most
important piece of equipment you can wear when riding your motorcycle. A helmet could be your only
source of protection in a serious crash.
- DRIVE TO SURVIVE
- Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road. Unfortunately they provide virtually no
protection in a crash. Other drivers may not see you on your motorcycle, so you must be aware of
everything on the road.
- Be extra cautious, paying attention to the signals and brake lights of other vehicles, especially
trucks. However, you still need to be prepared in the event their signals or lights don't work. Ride
with caution and drive defensively. Even though your motorcycle may be small, you must adhere to the
laws of the road. Never ride in between lanes in traffic or share a lane with another vehicle. Don't
instigate aggressive driving with other motorists; you will only increase your chance of a crash.
- CHECK YOURSELF AND YOUR BIKE
- Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride, and wear protective clothing
including gloves, boots and a jacket. Proper maintenance and protective clothing will help reduce
your chance of an crash or the severity of injury if you are involved in a crash, especially with a
large truck or bus.
- WATCH YOUR SPEED
- Of all vehicles, motorcycles accelerate the fastest, while trucks and buses are the slowest.
Please watch your speed around trucks, especially in bad weather or at night. Colliding with the
back of a truck will end your riding days.Remember to always share the road.