Motorcycle safety class

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

A report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2004 reports that over 4,000 motorcyclists died and 76,000 were injured in an accident.

Gary Vanhooser is a riding coach and stresses how important safety is when riding motorcycles.

"Motorcycles is (dangerous) and we teach this in the course is a risk endeavor," Vanhooser said.

Vanhooser said when you want to do risky activities, the more training the better.

"Some of the things we try and teach here help reduce that risk and help you to manage that risk," Vanhooser said.

Jeff McGuire is taking the course and said he has seen motorcycle riding really become a trend among his friends recently.

"A lot of my friends are riding bikes now and it's kinda of a mid life crisis thing too," McGuire said.

Gary said other motorists need to recognize and be aware of motorcycles on the roadways.

"Motorcycles are not as stable as cars and your more likely vulnerable when your driving a motorcycles then when your driving a car," Vanhooser said.

McGuire said he has learned to never assume other motorists see you.

"Awareness of the other motorists on the roadway has a lot to do with our safety also," Vanhooser said.

McGuire also said he knows that riding can be dangerous and is very aware that he always has to be on his toes.

"The more that we can be safe and one of the things they teach us is that we have to watch out for the other guy because he's not always watching out for us," McGuire said.

The students will continue the class on May 6, 2007. If the students taking the course this weekend at WKU's South Campus pass then they are not required to take the skills portion of the state riding test.

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