1) Ride assuming that you and your motorcycle are totally invisible to other motorists.
2) Leave plenty of space in front, back and to the sides from all other vehicles. This is not always possible, but when you are forced to be close to other vehicles, you should always plan an ‘out’.
3) Anticipate trouble situations and know what to do when you see them. It’s not always easy to know what to do, but if it’s on your mind constantly, you will be better prepared to deal with trouble if it comes.
4) Beware of motorists turning left in front of you at intersections. This is a leading cause of injuries to motorcycle riders.
5) Slow down as your motorcycle enters an intersection and be prepared to make an evasive maneuver if necessary. Watch from the sides, up front for left turning cars and behind you.
6) Don’t ride if you are on medication that makes you sleepy.
7) Beware of riding your motorcycle into sun glare.
8) Saturday night and early Sunday is when the roads have most drunken drivers. Beware.
9) Don’t try to keep up with more experienced riders, even if they are your friends. Know your personal limits.
10) Beware of taking curves that you can’t see around. A truck or a patch of sand may be awaiting you.
11) Do not give in to road rage and don’t try to get even with other motorcyclist – even if they are from the ride group.
12) If someone is tailgating you, either speed up to open more space or pull over and let them pass.