P. 1
Alabama Motorcycle Manual 2011

Alabama Motorcycle Manual 2011

Ratings: (0)|Views: 7,096|Likes:
Published by drivershandbooks

More info:

Published by: drivershandbooks on Apr 28, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

07/10/2013

pdf

text

original

 
MotorcycleoperatorManual
 
2
 
preface
Operating a motorcycle saelyin trac requires special skills andknowledge. The Motorcycle SaetyFoundation (MSF) has made this manualavailable to help novice motorcyclistsreduce their risk o having a crash. Themanual conveys essential sae ridinginormation and has been designedor use in licensing programs. Whiledesigned or the novice, all motorcyclistscan benet rom the inormation thismanual contains.The original Motorcycle OperatorManual was developed by the NationalPublic Services Research Institute (NPSRI)under contract to the National HighwayTrac Saety Administration (NHTSA)and within the terms o a cooperativeagreement between NHTSA and theMSF. The manual and related testswere used in a multi-year study oimproved motorcycle operator licensingprocedures, conducted by the CaliorniaDepartment o Motor Vehicles undercontract to NHTSA.The purpose o this manual is toeducate the reader to help avoid crasheswhile saely operating a motorcycle. Forthis edition, the MSF has updated andexpanded the content o the originalmanual.These revisions refect:
•Thelatestndingofmotorcycle-
saety research.
•Commentsandguidanceprovided
by the motorcycling, licensing andtrac saety communities.
•Expandedalcoholanddrug
inormation.In promoting improved licensingprograms, the MSF works closely withstate licensing agencies. The Foundationhas helped more than hal the statesin the nation adopt the MotorcycleOperator Manual or use in theirlicensing systems.Improved licensing, along with high-quality motorcycle rider education andincreased public awareness, has thepotential to reduce crashes. Sta at theFoundation are available to assist state,private and governmental agencies ineorts to improve motorcycle saety.Tim Buche
President,Motorcycle Safety Foundation
2 Jenner, Suite 150Irvine, CA 92618-3806www.ms-usa.org
 
contents 3
 
contents
PREPARING TO RIDE
Wear the Right Gear ����������������������������4
Helmet Use ..........................................4Helmet Selection ..................................4
EyeandFaceProtection
.......................5Clothing ...............................................6
Know Your Motorcycle ������������������������6
The Right Motorcycle or You ...............6Borrowing and Lending ........................7Get Familiar with theMotorcycle Controls ........................7Check Your Motorcycle ........................8
Know Your Responsibilities �����������������9
RIDE WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES
Basic Vehicle Control ��������������������������10
Body Position .....................................10Shiting Gears ....................................10Braking ..............................................11Turning ..............................................11
Keeping Your Distance �����������������������12
Lane Positions ....................................12Following Another Vehicle ..................13Being Followed ..................................14Passing and Being Passed ...................14Lane Sharing ......................................16Merging Cars .....................................16Cars Alongside ...................................16
SEE �������������������������������������������������������17Intersections ���������������������������������������18
Blind Intersections ..............................19Passing Parked Cars ...........................20Parking at the Roadside ......................20
Increasing Conspicuity �����������������������21
Clothing .............................................21Headlight ...........................................21Signals ...............................................21Brake Light ..........................................22Using Your Mirrors .............................22Head Checks ......................................23Horn ..................................................23Riding at Night ...................................24
Crash Avoidance ���������������������������������24
Quick Stops ........................................24Swerving or Turning Quickly ...............25Cornering ..........................................26
Handling Dangerous Surfaces �����������27
Uneven Suraces and Obstacles ..........27Slippery Suraces ................................28Railroad Tracks, Trolley Tracksand Pavement Seams .....................29Grooves and Gratings ........................29
Mechanical Problems �������������������������30
Tire Failure .........................................30Stuck Throttle ....................................30Wobble ..............................................30Drive Train Problems ...........................31
EngineSeizure
...................................31
Animals �����������������������������������������������31Flying Objects �������������������������������������32Getting Off the Road �������������������������32Carrying Passengersand Cargo ���������������������������������������32
Equipment
.........................................32Instructing Passengers ........................33Riding With Passengers ......................33Carrying Loads ...................................33
Group Riding ���������������������������������������34
Keep the Group Small ........................34Keep the Group Together ...................34Keep Your Distance ............................34
BEING IN SHAPE TO RIDE
Why This Information IsImportant ���������������������������������������36Alcohol and Other Drugs inMotorcycle Operation ��������������������36Alcohol in the Body ����������������������������37
Blood AlcoholConcentration ...............................37
Alcohol and the Law ��������������������������38
Consequences oConviction .....................................38
Minimize the Risks �����������������������������38Step in to Protect Friends ������������������39Fatigue ������������������������������������������������39
EARNING YOUR LICENSE
Knowledge Test ..................................40On-Motorcycle Skill Test .....................41

Activity (6)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 thousand reads
1 hundred reads

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->