Recently, Utah has been on track to set a new record! You might be thinking, “What could that record possibly be?” You might think it's for something amazing but sadly that's wrong. As you can tell by the title, it is not a record to be proud of. The record that Utah is about to break is the number of motorcycle deaths on the roads in 2018. There have been about 25 motorcycle deaths within the short seven months of 2018.
Safety: Two-Way Street
It goes without saying that safety is a two-way street. You cannot expect to have a safe drive to work if you are swerving between lanes and not signaling lane changes. You probably will get in an accident if other people aren't paying attention. Two experienced Utah motorcyclists talked to KSL News about their way of riding. Ryan Stanley and Taylor Brody have been riding buddies for years. They talk about how riding is a hobby but it's also about the freedom and the escape you feel from normal life.
Ryan and His Safety
Brody says that Ryan is a great person to ride with because of how seriously he takes safety. Before he gets onto his motorcycle, he does a routine check. Ryan makes sure that the chain on his bike is secure. He checks his tires and mirrors to make sure that they will function as needed. To him, safety is more than just wearing a helmet or a leather jacket. To him it's about seeing his family at the end of every day.
Wouldn't it be nice if everyone thought that way? But not only thought, “I really want to see my family after work”. Rather, “I want to make sure that everyone that is driving around me gets to see their families after work too.” Being aware of your surroundings is the one of the most important parts of driving safely. Let'smake it a goal to stop the increase in motorcycle deaths.
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