In Light of Recent Crashes, Riders Talk Motorcycle Safety
News from My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22:

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt.- Vermont’s Department of Motor Vehicles reports an average of eight motorcycle fatalities in the state each year.  Already this year, two riders have died.

Don Erling has been riding motorcycles for 40 years and recalls his first crash.

“There was a stop sign at the crossroad and another motorcyclist sitting at that stop sign, which I assumed he was going to stop and not pull out and he didn’t,” says Erling, owner of Land Air motorcycle shop.

According to The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve a car or truck.  Because of this, the DMV’s motorcycle safety course teaches even veteran riders to be visible and aware.

“Ride with a headlight on and be as visible as possible,” says Paul Graves, a safety course instructor and motorcycle rider.  “If you think the person isn’t seeing you, make some kind of motion so they do see you.”

Graves says drivers can also be proactive on the road.

“Allow more following distance, says three or four second,” says Graves.  “If it’s raining, know that motorcycles can’t stop as quickly as a car can.”

Another potential hazard for motorcyclists can be the condition of the road they are riding on.

“Potholes, cracks in the road, when you’ve got four wheels it’s one thing, but when you’ve got two, if you get a wheel caught i…………… continues on My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22

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OHP slates free motorcycle safety course
News from Mcalester News Capital:

McALESTER — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be back in McAlester to give a free motorcycle safety course on April 26.

The class will from 8 a.m.  to 4 p.m. at Life Church, 1300 S. George Nigh Expy.

Last year several motorcyclists took the course and this year OHP Trooper Dave Cravens said he hopes for even more riders will come out and take part in the class.

The class is called Advanced Civilian Motorcycle Safety School

and its conducted Oklahoma Highway Patrol Motorcycle Troopers and sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, according to Cravens

During the class the troopers will begin by instructing slow maneuvering riding skills, concentrating on clutch/throttle control, and head and eye placement, he said.

“The course will advance to braking and upper speed evasive maneuvers,” he said.

“Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate that can be used to receive a three year discount on motorcycle insurance.

The class is free and open to the public.

Each participant is required to have a “M” motorcycle-endorsement license and a current insurance card at the time of the class.

Participants should bring all safety riding gear.

Cravens said space is limited to the first 30 who enroll.

For enrollment information visit

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