Friday, May 09, 2008

A video on motorcycle safety

It is not a safe road trip for Bikers across the world, but the thrill of biking and the love of freedom keeps people hooked to these two wheeled wonders. In third world and developing countries motorcycles are mostly used as modes of transport and people wheel in and out of busy traffic. But in stark contrast in developed countries where road infrastructure is very well developed and in place, motorcycling is more a recreation, sport and pleasure. And the speeds at which these big machines travel is amazing and quite scary too.

Travelling on motorcycles on American roads can be both an amazingly thrilling experince or a completely disastrous one. The average speed of a vehicle on Freeways/ Interstate highways in this continent-sized country is 60 miles per hour (100 km ph). At this speed car drivers often don't see bikers unless they are completely visible or making a lot of noise. One can often see bikers wearing flashy coloured jackets and their metal steeds equipped with glowing lights travelling on the highways.

One heartening and admirable feature of the California state in the US is that they observe the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. And to ensure the safety and education of all motorcycle users the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has released a short film about motorcycle safety. The 13 minute explains the hazards and the precautions motorcyclists need to be aware of. The dangers they would potentially face in their every day commuting are shown in this video and also steps to take to ride safer, and arrive alive.

A note of caution before you click on play to view the video. This short film contains graphic footage from actual crash scenes involving motorcyclists. Viewer discretion is advised.

But the bottomline for anyone is to ride safe and be aware of the hazards and enjoy biking.

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