Join the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition

IMG_2803The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) serves as a public forum for addressing strategies to improve motorcycle safety; discusses effective programs, regulations, and other opportunities to improve motorcycle safety; reviews, proposes, and makes recommendations concerning motorcycle-related legislation; and serves to promote rider safety and inform the public about being aware of motorcycles and sharing the road safely.

The goal of the TMSC is to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcycles and deaths and injuries resulting from these crashes. Learn more.

Join the TMSC

Tips for Motorcyclists | Road Speed Cornering

37-moto4615Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle fatalities do not occur in a collision with another vehicle at an intersection.  A higher percentage involves motorcycles running off the roadway in a curve then striking a fixed object.  If you are uncomfortable during road speed turns, increase your skill through training and practice.  Classes on cornering are available in Texas and the practice is fun.

If you find yourself coasting through corners with the power off, you have entered the turn too fast for your comfort level.  Enter the next turn slower and add throttle as gently and early as possible through the turn.

Your vision is the key to your survival in cornering.  If you are approaching a blind curve due to a sight restriction of any kind, slow down!  You do not know what’s lurking just around the bend.

The proper use of your vision through a turn is a skill!  Turn your head before the corner starts and look far through the turn, keeping your head and eyes up.  This will help you relax on the controls and see any issues far in advance.

New Video | I’m a Biker & I Wear My Gear

As part of a Texas Department of Transportation grant, TTI created the “I’m a Biker & I Wear My Gear” video.

When you don’t wear your gear you are:

  • 91 percent more likely to lose skin on the road during a crash;
  • At a greater risk for spending a long time in the hospital;
  • 40 percent more likely to sustain permanent disabilities from crash-related injuries; and
  • 37 percent more likely to die.

Whenever you ride, gear up. Wear your gear. Wear all of it. Every time you ride.

Gear up, Texas.

Spreading Motorcycle Safety at Goodguys 24th Lone Star Nationals

Join us Sept. 30 through October 2 as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s motorcycle safety team travels to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Goodguys 24th Lone Star Nationals. We’ll be promoting public awareness of motorcycles, and rider safety and awareness.  We’ll also be giving away freebies! Stop by the exhibit booth in car bay #36, introduce yourself, and pick up your free items!

Visit the Goodguys website for more information.

Geared Up, Torn Up | Part 3

Without gear, you are 91% more likely to lose skin to the road during a crash. Geared up, or torn up? You decide.

We’ve created a series of videos as a reminder of what can happen when you don’t gear up. Here’s the latest:

What does All the Gear All the Time mean? It means wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and boots whenever you ride. Find out more about selecting the proper personal protective equipment.