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Pennsylvania 2011

Pennsylvania 2011

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 PREFACE
Operating a motorcycle saely in trafc requires specialskills and knowledge. This handbook will provide you withthe inormation necessary to enable you to obtain a motorcyclelicense and to help you learn those special operating skills.The purpose o this manual is to enable the reader to avoidcrashes while saely operating a motorcycle. By reading thismanual, you will learn strategies or collision avoidance. Youwill learn how you can improve your riding strategy by usinga system known as SEE
(search, evaluate, execute)
. You willlearn what you can do to be seen by other motorists. Incollisions with motorcyclists, drivers oten say they neversaw the motorcycle.When you ride a motorcycle, you should wear properprotective clothing and headgear, ride within your limits,obey the law, and “share the road” with other highway users.Riding a motorcycle can be sae and un when you act as aresponsible rider.The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Saety Program will teachyou the basic skills necessary to operate a motorcycle. Takeadvantage o this learning opportunity, read the MotorcycleOperator Manual, and become an inormed motorcyclist.Remember that your lie, and the lives o others, will dependon what you do while operating a motorcycle.Keep this manual or uture reerence. There may be timeswhen you will want to check on the recommended ways tohandle a situation which you have encountered.
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CONTENTS
PREPARING TO RIDE
WEAR THE RIGHT GEAR ...........................................................3
Helmet Use ..............................................................................................3Helmet Selection .....................................................................................3Eye and Face Protection ..........................................................................4Clothing...................................................................................................5
KNOW YOUR MOTORCYCLE ....................................................5
The Right Motorcycle For You ................................................................5Borrowing and Lending ...........................................................................6Getting Familiar with the Motorcycle Controls .......................................6Check Your Motorcycle ...........................................................................7
KNOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
............................................8
RIDE WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES
BASIC VEHICLE CONTROL .......................................................9
Body Position ..........................................................................................9Shifting Gears ..........................................................................................9Braking ..................................................................................................10Turning ..................................................................................................10
KEEPING YOUR DISTANCE .....................................................11
Lane Positions ........................................................................................11Following Another Vehicle ....................................................................12Being Followed .....................................................................................13Passing and Being Passed ......................................................................13Lane Sharing ..........................................................................................15Merging Cars .........................................................................................15Cars Alongside.......................................................................................15
SEE ..............................................................................................16INTERSECTIONS .......................................................................17
Blind Intersections .................................................................................18Passing Parked Cars ...............................................................................19Parking at the Roadside .........................................................................19
INCREASING CONSPICUITY ...................................................20
Clothing .................................................................................................20Headlight ...............................................................................................20Signals ...................................................................................................20Brake Light ............................................................................................21Using Your Mirrors ................................................................................21Head Checks ..........................................................................................22Horn ......................................................................................................22Riding at Night ......................................................................................23
CRASH AVOIDANCE .................................................................23
Quick Stops ...........................................................................................23
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