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Health Tip: Heeding Motorcycle Safety

(HealthDay News) --In 2016, nearly 5,000 motorcycle users died in crashes, and about 88,000 were hurt, the National Safety Council says.

The council offers these suggestions for safer riding:

  • Always wear a full-coverage helmet.
  • Choose a bike that fits you.
  • Invest in antilock brakes.
  • New riders should take a motorcycle safety course, and experienced riders should take refresher courses.
  • Be familiar with the rules of the road.
  • Be aware that riding with a passenger requires considerably more skill than riding alone.
  • Never drink and operate your motorcycle.
  • Drive defensively, particularly in intersections -- where half of all collisions occur.
  • Watch for hazards, such as potholes, manhole covers, oil slicks, puddles, debris, railroad tracks and gravel.
  • Assume it is difficult for other drivers to see you.
  • Use headlights all the time.
  • Be courteous and do not drive recklessly.
  • Don't speed.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing and boots that cover the ankles.
  • Wear goggles, glasses or use a ventilated face shield.
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