1SOW motorcyle safety tips

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  • By Staff Sgt. Ali Stewart
  • 1st Special Operations Wing

Airmen who enjoy motorcycles are blessed with warm weather and beautiful Gulf Coast scenery here as spring arrives in full swing, but should continue to engage in smart and safe riding practices whenever they hit the road.

By practicing these tips, riders can ensure they enjoy the ride and arrive at their destination safely every time. 

Take a Motorcycle Safety course!

The U.S. Air Force requires all military personnel to take a motorcycle safety course before they can ride on base. Even if you're an experienced rider, taking a course can help refresh your skills and teach you new techniques to stay safe on the road. 

Wear proper safety gear!

Members are required to wear safety gear when riding both on and off base. This includes a Department of Transportation approved helmet, eye protection, sturdy boots, gloves, and protective clothing. Dressing appropriately is pivotal in protecting riders from injuries in case of an accident.

Stay alert!

Riding a motorcycle requires focus and concentration. Avoid distractions such as texting or talking on the phone while riding. Also, make sure you're well-rested and alert before getting on your bike. Fatigue can impair your reaction time and increase the risk of an accident.

Ride defensively!

Defensive riding means anticipating potential hazards and taking action to avoid them. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, avoid riding in blind spots, and be aware of the road conditions. Additionally, always use your turn signals and follow traffic laws.

Perform regular maintenance!

Regular maintenance can help ensure that your motorcycle is in good working condition. Check your tires, brakes, and lights before every ride, and have your bike serviced regularly. Performing routine maintenance can help prevent breakdowns and accidents.

Be prepared!

Finally, be prepared for the unexpected. Carry a first-aid kit, a cell phone, and emergency contact information with you. Know your route and plan for breaks to avoid fatigue. Also, make sure you have appropriate insurance coverage in case of an accident.

Motorcycle safety is a top priority for Air Force Special Operations Command. For more information on motorcycle safety, classes, and information, contact the 1 SOW Safety Office at 884-7233.