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OPERATING ANY TYPE of vehicle                  road,” says Dennis Ashley, MD, Chair of the     when conditions are rainy, icy or windy,
requires care, but motorcycle riders need      Department of Surgery and Director of Trauma    or if traffic is very heavy—for example,
to be especially mindful. People who ride      at The Medical Center, Navicent Health. “It     during a holiday weekend,” says John
motorcycles are 38-times more likely to get    also helps riders become familiar with the      Wood, MD, Medical Director of the
hurt than those who drive cars, according to   operation of their particular motorcycle.”      Emergency Center at The Medical Center,
the National Motorcycle Training Institute.                                                    Navicent Health.
                                                  Step 3: Wear protective gear.
   Head injuries, “road rash”—scrapes and      Consumer Reports recommends investing              Step 6: Ride carefully. Follow speed
other skin injuries that come from sliding     in a leather jacket, riding gloves, long        limits and watch out for other vehicles.
across the pavement—and broken bones are       pants, boots and a fitted, full-face helmet.
common motorcycle-related injuries that        Wearing a helmet effectively prevents 37           “Drivers don’t always see motorcycles,”
should be on riders’ radars.                   percent of deadly injuries, according to        Dr. Ashley says. “Motorcycle riders must
                                               Injury Facts 2017.                              remain alert. Always maintain control of
   You can’t prevent every accident. But you                                                   your motorcycle and ride at the appropriate
can limit dangers on the road with these          Step 4: Ride with a motorcycle group.        speed, so if you need to take evasive action
precautions.                                   Other drivers may be more aware of groups       or stop suddenly, you can.”
                                               than they are of solo riders. If you’re riding
   Step 1: Be choosy about your bike. Select   alone, make sure loved ones know where          IN NEED OF EMERGENCY CARE?
a motorcycle that’s the right fit, weight and  you’re heading and when you expect to           NAVICENT HEALTH IS HERE TO SERVE
horsepower for you.                            arrive at your destination.                     YOU WITH EMERGENCY CENTERS
                                                                                               IN BALDWIN, BIBB, MONROE, PEACH
   Step 2: Brush up on motorcycle safety.         Step 5: Avoid peak traveling times and       AND PUTNAM COUNTIES.
“Taking a driver’s safety course helps         bad weather. “Don’t ride your motorcycle
motorcycle riders learn the rules of the


 196,277                   152                                        1,772                          160

    The number of      The number of Georgia                        The number of lives        The number of patients treated
registered motorcycle      motorcyclists and                        helmets saved in the        for severe motorcycle-related
                         passengers killed in                                                  injuries at The Medical Center,
  drivers in Georgia                                                    United States
         in 2016       traffic accidents in 2015                            in 2015                Navicent Health in 2017


Staying in Touch                                                    PASSENGER SAFETY 101
on the Road
                                                                    Riding with a passenger adds extra weight to the back of your motorcycle
Hand signals help motorcycle riders communicate with other          and may make handling the bike more difficult. Protect yourself—and
drivers and, when riding in a group, other motorcyclists. Here’s    the friend or loved one on the back of your bike—with these four do’s
what the signals mean, according to the Motorcycle Legal            and don’ts.
»» Extending the arm and hand to the left: Riders are               »» Do learn the laws. There are no age restrictions for motorcycle
                                                                       passengers in Georgia, but Georgia state law requires passengers have
   turning left.                                                       their own seats and footrests, according to the American Motorcyclist
»» Bending the left arm at a 90-degree angle with fist                 Association.

   clenched: Riders turning right.                                  »» Do make sure your passengers wear eye protection and a properly
»» Pointing the left finger or right foot toward the ground:           fitted helmet. The helmet should be new, not a hand-me-down.

   Riders are signaling that there’s a hazard on the left or right  »» Don’t let your friends or loved ones climb on or off the bike before
   side of the road.                                                   you’re ready. Ask them to always wait for directions.
»» Swinging left forearm toward the shoulder with finger
   pointed: Riders are pulling off the road and signaling for       »» Do create a secret code. Before the ride, develop a system of taps or
   others in the group to follow.                                      other signals passengers can use to let you know if they need you to
                                                                       stop the bike or slow down.

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