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The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.

-- Aesop
The Eagle and the Arrow

SafetyRiding Safety Tips

Double Check

The following article is reprinted from GWRRA Motorist Awareness Division.

Space Cushioning

"Motorcyclists, who have significant room to maneuver while riding within a traffic lane, can use this margin to position themselves for maximum visibility to other motorists with safety and control of the situation." (NAMS, 2001)

Why Double Check?
  • About 3/4 of motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle.
  • Two-thirds of these accidents were caused by the motorist failing to yield the right of way.
  • The most common reason given by the motorist is, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
Why don't motorists see Motorcyclists?
  • Motorists, for the most part, are unfamiliar with motorcycles.
  • Motorists tend to look for and see the familiar - other motorists.
  • Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles; therefore, judging speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle is more difficult.
Where Are Accidents most likely to occur?
  • LEFT TURNS - Over 40% of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
  • VEHICLE BLIND SPOT - Motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicles blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their size.


  • Expect to see motorcyclists.  Look twice!
  • Try to anticipate a motorcyclist's movements - be especially cautious at intersections and during lane changes.  "Take a second - Double check!"
  • Allow more space between your vehicle an a motorcyclist than you would for another vehicle.  "Ride aware!"
  • Be courteous - signal your intentions well in advance.

Remember - "How many motorcyclists have you seen today?  LOOK TWICE"

Submitted by Fred Rattan.

Updated: 4/7/2017 3:09:22 PM

Events Events
November - 2017
24,  Fri--T-O-D-A-Y-
Events Chapter Meetings
December - 2017
1,  Fri-AL-J Tuscaloosa (Bama Wings) Meeting -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Highway 43, Northport - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
2,  Sat-AL-N Gadsden (Coosa Valley Wings) Meeting -- Western Sizzlin, 568 US 431, Boaz, AL 35957 - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm
 -AL-M Phenix City (East Alabama Touring) Meeting -- Buffet City, Highway 280 and 10th Street, Phenix City - Eat 12:00pm(ET) / Meet 1:00pm(ET)
5,  Tue-AL-A Mobile (Dixie Wings - Alabama's First Chapter) Meeting -- Morrison Cafeteria, I-65 and Airport Blvd, Mobile - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-G Samson (L. A. Wings) Meeting -- PO Folks, Enterprise - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
7,  Thu-AL-D Anniston (Model City Wings) Meeting -- Western Sizzlin, 200 Hamric Dr E, Oxford, AL 36203 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
9,  Sat-AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting -- Two Fat Sisters, 17901 Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am
 -AL-B Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) Meeting -- Huntsville Christian Academy, West of Target Ctr on University behind car dealerships, Huntsville - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm
12,  Tue-AL-B Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) Meeting -- Blue Plate Cafe, 7540 South Memorial Parkway SW, Huntsville, AL  35802 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-U Dothan (Cruisin' U's) Meeting -- Golden Corral, Highway 231, On the circle, Dothan - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting -- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
14,  Thu-AL-Z Prattville (Fountain City Wings) Meeting -- Country's Bar B Q, 130 N Memorial Dr, Prattville, AL 36067 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
15,  Fri-AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting -- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 5:30pm / Meet 6:30pm
20,  Wed-AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting -- 306 Barbeque, 23101 US HWY 72 Athens, AL 35613 - Meet/Eat 6:00pm
21,  Thu-AL-F Montgomery (Capitol City Wings - F Troop) Meeting -- Chappy's Deli, 1611 Perry Hill Road - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm

Calendar Updated: 6/15/2017 10:40:48 AM

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