Educate Yourself!

There seems to be a concerted effort to educate the cage dwellers (car drivers) to watch out for those of us who choose to ride our motorcycles on the road.  There are bumper stickers, websites and facebook fan pages devoted to this “noble” cause. 

Personally I think this is a waste of time!  

For every driver who might change their habits and look out for motorcycles, there’s a thousand or more who won’t.  That’s not going to change anything.

Lets be real, the majority of cage dwellers don’t give a damn about anyone on the road but themselves.  Their cage is an extension of their home, complete with phones, entertainment systems and of course the GPS they use to show them how to get to the same place they drive every day.  Even if they do look through their mirrors and look over their shoulder, it’s not often.  Too many other important things need to be checked and adjusted first. 

In my opinion we should forget about educating those who drive cars and redirect the effort in education and training for the motorcycle rider.  It would be more practical and more lives would be saved.  Hear me out.

There are fewer of us on the road so more could be accomplished.

By training riders, even the experienced ones, how to better observe what’s going on around them, more accidents could be avoided.

Educate riders on the importance of improving their riding skills.  Who knows how many accidents could be avoided if a rider know better how to get out of the way or stop before being hit.  I feel it would be a significant number.

The bottom line, for me at least, is that a rider should never put their trust in a driver of a car.  Never, ever!  As a motorcycle rider, you’re out numbered and the only one who can keep you safe is yourself.

Be alert, improve your skills and trust in yourself. 

Lets Ride!

Gerald Trees

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