With the Labor Day holiday weekend about to begin, the American Motorcyclist Association is urging others to drive safely and show extra courtesy to motorcyclists.Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, represents the last long weekend of the summer, and many motorcyclists take advantage of the opportunity to get out on the roads. At the same time, families view the holiday as an opportunity to go to the lake, the campgrounds or a plan a picnic. And unfortunately, each year, many people use the holiday as an excuse to drink and drive. Putting those three groups on the highways together creates a potentially perilous situation for all road users.
“Holiday travel can increase the likelihood of driver distraction, particularly with family members in the car,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “So, we are encouraging everyone on the roads this weekend to focus on their driving, to be aware of other vehicles and hazards at all times and to slow or stop when the need arises.”To help ensure a safe holiday, the AMA recommends that car and truck drivers:
Keep a close eye out for the increased number of motorcyclists on the roads
Leave early to avoid the temptation to speed
Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation
Motorcyclists are encouraged to:
Take more frequent breaks to remain rested and alert
Minimize onboard distractions, such as music players and other gadgets
Never ride while impaired
Provide an extra safety cushion of space between your bike and the vehicle you are following
Wear the proper protective gear
“We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination, so they can fully enjoy this holiday weekend,” Dingman said. “Taking a little extra time and a little extra care can contribute to a significantly safer experience.”For additional information on the American Motorcyclist Association, visit the AMA website.
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Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
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