What is a Standard Drink?

What is a Standard Drink?

MRASA annual Toy Run 2014

MRASA annual Toy Run 2014

The aim of the Toy Run is to raise awareness and celebrate motorcycling, with a strong focus on assisting under-privileged children during the festive season. During the event, MAC promotes safe motorcycling behaviour, particularly wearing the right clothing while riding.

Motorcyclists have a higher risk of death or serious injury than all other road users. In South Australia, motorcyclists on average account for just above 3% of all registered vehicles but around 15% of all fatalities (2009-2013).

“Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on our roads because they more exposed, so wearing the right gear can be the difference between a nasty fall and injuries that prevent you from riding again,” MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said.

“MAC urges motorcyclists to do everything they can to help ensure they can be more easily seen by others. This means wearing bright, reflective clothing including your helmet.

“When other road users around you are focused elsewhere on busy roads, you can take some positive steps towards boosting your visibility.”

The State Government recently announced the installation of motorcycle barriers beneath existing guard rails on 14 South Australian roads with the help of a $1.4 million investment from MAC’s Road Safety Infrastructure Fund. These barriers are designed to absorb the impact and reduce the nature of injuries in the event of a crash.

The Toy Run is on Sunday 14 December, departing from Victoria Park in Adelaide at 11am and proceeding to Callington Oval via Hutt St, Glen Osmond Road and the South Eastern Freeway. For more information, visit the MRASA website mrasa.asn.au/toyrun.shtml

Drink Driving - Grow Up

Drink Driving - Grow Up

Riding to the Conditions

Riding to the Conditions

Whether you're using your motorcycle to ride to the shops on a cold, wet winter's day or to take a nice cruise in the country on a sunny afternoon, motorcycle safety should always be a priority.

Take a look at our list of top ten safe riding strategies which includes things to do before you head out and things to remember while you're on the road.

  1. Look out for other road users that are not looking for you. Remember to ride conspicuously, avoid blind spots and assume that the other vehicle won’t stop for you.
  2. Unlike car drivers with air bags, collapsible steering columns and stability of 4 wheels, riders only have their hazard perception, advance skills and their protective clothing to keep them safe.
  3. Always wear visible, good quality, protective clothing from your head to your feet. Protect your extremities with a helmet, gloves and leg and arm protection in all weather conditions.
  4. Motorcycles require more time and distance to stop than cars in an emergency situation and even more so in wet conditions. Always keep a three-second gap to the vehicle in front of you.
  5. Always do a head check before changing lanes. Just checking your rear view mirror is not good enough.
  6. It is vital to ride at a speed to suit the conditions. In bad weather, this could mean a speed that’s under the posted speed limit.
  7. Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs is suicidal. Your faculties need to be at a high level to ride a motorcycle successfully.
  8. Consider the safety of your pillion passenger as well as yourself. They will also need good protective clothing, plus knowledge of motorcycle dynamics and the best ways to assist the rider as a pillion passenger.
  9. Lending your motorcycle to riders who are unlicensed or inexperienced is a bad idea. There are severe penalties for riding an unregistered motorcycle.
  10. All intersections and junctions are high risk areas. Slow down when approaching an intersection and be ready to avoid a possible collision.

Riding in the Wet

Winter presents a whole different set of road conditions for motorcyclists. Here are some basic tips for wet weather riding.

  1. Rug up. Make sure you’ve got proper rain gear that’s breathable yet waterproof. If you’re riding long distances, consider thermals as well.
  2. Helmet. Make sure your helmet covers your face — a no brainer really.
  3. Hand grips. Consider investing in some heated handgrips or a pair of hand guards.
  4. Tyres. Check your tyres to ensure they’re in good condition and suitable for wet weather. 
  5. Watch the road. Things like line markings, metal plates, potholes, tram tracks and wet, soggy leaves can be more dangerous than you think.
  6. Puddles. Water hides the surface and you just never know what you’re riding into. 
  7. Oil. A coloured rainbow on a wet road is sure sign of oil. Use extreme caution.
  8. Brakes. You’ll need more time to brake and when you do, apply more rear brake than normal and brake gently. 
  9. Be visible. Because rain makes it difficult for others to see you, now’s the time to put on high visibility clothing.

Motorcycle riders only have their helmet, the gear they’re wearing and their riding skills and ability to protect them from unforeseen hazards and other road users. Whatever the conditions, make safety your highest priority by doing everything you can to protect yourself before you set off on a ride and while you’re on the road.

Find out more
http://www.mac.sa.gov.au/riders#rider-safety-tips

On The Road with Keith Conlon - Police Road Safety Centre

On The Road with Keith Conlon - Police Road Safety Centre

Mick Doohan Safety Tips - Riding on the Road

Mick Doohan Safety Tips - Riding on the Road

Protect those who protect you

Drive 25 past roadside incidents - find out more

Protect those that are protecting you. #Drive25 when you see red/blue flashing lights. http://mylicence.sa.gov.au