Rider Education

May 2018

Posted: 07 May 2018 10:07 PM

Level III - Safety by Preparedness
 
Level III of the Rider Education Levels Program represents the commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to be prepared to, in the event of an accident, render aid and possibly (hopefully) save lives. This is achieved by becoming knowledgeable in First Aid and CPR through training and by carrying a first aid kit on their motorcycle at all times.
 
It would be great if we could achieve a goal of zero accidents; however, we know that accidents will happen. Because of this, it is important to 1) be fully prepared to lend aid to unfortunate accident victims and 2) to always be prepared to save a life. Level III of the Rider Education Levels Program was developed to deal with such circumstances by recognizing and encouraging proper First Aid and CPR training. CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) has been used to save many lives. Being trained to render CPR and/or First Aid is a tremendous asset to people that the Rider Education Levels Program participant come in contact with.
 
While not required, a Motorist Awareness Seminar at this level exposes the Member to our program to improve awareness of all road users to the presence of motorcycles and trikes.  When interfacing with the public, the Level III Rider or Co-Rider can inform them about what we have available to help others share the road with us.
 
Rider Requirements:
·  Be enrolled and current in Level II of the Rider Education Levels Program, having completed a formal approved bike Rider Course within the past three         years
·  Maintain current First Aid, CPR or MEDIC First Aid certifications
·  Carry a First Aid kit on the motorcycle.
 
Co-Rider Requirements:
·  Be a current GWRRA Member
·  Maintain current First Aid or CPR or MEDIC First Aid certifications.
 
Note: copies of the validating completion cards are not necessary as long as the expiration date for the courses are noted on the REP Application form when completed.
 
Talk to your District GWRRA Educator and ask him/her to help you complete the appropriate paperwork.  There is a nominal fee for patches if they are desired.
 
Stay tuned for next month!  May the snow go away and warm weather finally arrive!!

April 2018 Article

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 10:24 PM

Happy Easter!

I’m going to continue with my more in-depth look at the Levels Program.

 Level II - Safety by Education

 Level II of the Rider Education Program (REP) is also referred to as Tour Rider or Tour Co-Rider. It represents the commitment of the Rider or Co-Rider to be safer motorcycle riders by taking approved motorcycle riding courses (Riders/Co-Riders) or classes (Co-Riders) at regular intervals.  

 GWRRA has chosen several educational training programs for the Riders/Co-Riders such as GWRRA Rider Courses; programs through the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation®); programs through the CSC (Canadian Safety Council) for our Canadian Riders/Co-Riders; and other approved programs.

 Completing these courses provides the foundation and skills in your quest to be a safer motorcycle rider. All recognized programs are taught by qualified and certified instructors. For the Co-Rider, we have provided an excellent seminar (class) program.  Many areas, including GWRRA, offer participation in Two Up rider course programs to assist in their role in the safety aspect of motorcycle riding.

Motorcycle education goes "hand in hand" with commitment. The education provided by MSF, CSC and GWRRA for the Rider/Co-Rider and the off bike education of seminars designed specifically for the Co-Rider, provide a very effective approach to motorcycle safety.

 This is when a Rider Education Levels Program participant truly begins to understand what the Level I commitment means and realizes the value in the program.

 Rider Requirements include:

Being a current GWRRA Member;

Being enrolled in Level I of the Rider Education Levels Program and having 5,000 safe miles;

A current motorcycle endorsement as required in the Member’s home state/province;

Having completed an approved on-bike Rider course within the past three years


Co-Rider Requirements include:

Being a current GWRRA Member;

Being enrolled in Level I of the Rider Education Levels Program and having 5,000 safe miles;

Having completed an approved Two-Up Rider course or GWRRA Co-Rider seminar within the past three years.

Enrollment in the Levels Program is free.  Neither patches nor pins are required.  However, patches are available for a fee for each participant.  Patches are also available in "Black and Gold" for a slight upcharge per patch.  Updated Safe Miles pins and rockers are also availa

March 2018 Article

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 10:21 PM

 
Happy St. Patty’s Day!!
 
Within the Rider Education Program (REP) is a program called the “Levels Program”.  There are four steps to this program, each requiring a higher level of commitment.  I’m going to start with an in-depth explanation of Level I.
 
Level I – Safety by Commitment
 
Level I of the Rider Education Program is also referred to as Safe Miles. It represents the commitment of the Rider and/or the Co-Rider to practice safe motorcycle operation whenever they operate their motorcycle.  Safety is a state of mind and doesn’t happen by accident.  That state of mind can only be attained through total commitment.
 
Every successful accomplishment begins with a commitment to reach the intended objective. This is also true of the Rider Education Program and includes a promise to learn for the sake of Rider, Co-Rider, friends and family, and others on the road.
 
Though there is no mileage requirement to enter Level I, the commitment to safe riding is tracked by the number of accident free miles since joining GWRRA.  Accident free miles are accumulated in 5,000 mile increments and may be updated at yearly intervals.
 
Rider/Co-Rider Requirements:
 
The requirement for Level I is current membership and the expressed commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to strive for and practice safe riding.  Enrollment in the Levels Program is free.  There is no cost for Level I unless you wish to purchase pins and patches.  We would encourage you to then display your patches as an outward sign of your commitment to riding safely.
 
Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at Level II.
 
 
Joy & Scott Mattson
MN District Educators
jsmattson@usfamily.net

February 2018 Article

Posted: 21 Jan 2018 02:17 PM

As we flip the page of the calendar to February, we can only hope that the weather has started to moderate.  The frigid temperatures have warmed, but we still can experience snow flurries, freezing rain, and ice/black ice.  We see the most accidents/spin outs when conditions include these kinds of conditions. There was recently a 20 car pile-up near our home because of these very conditions.  People were driving too fast and couldn’t stop due to the icy bridge surface.
 
When the road surface is icy, traction is greatly reduced so the best thing one can do is to stay home which, for many of us, usually won’t happen.  If you must drive in icy conditions, slow down and, similar to riding in the rain, be smooth with braking/accelerating. 
When we lose traction, we lose the braking and steering control of our vehicle.  Even with four tires on the ground and ABS, it is easy to lose control of a vehicle on ice.  When braking, remember to brake first then steer.  That applies to motorcycles, trikes and cars.  This allows you to retain some steering capabilities. 
 
To increase traction in icy conditions, look for “roughed” surfaces – perhaps an unplowed or unpaved gravel shoulder or snow that may be present where tires haven’t packed it down. Almost any surface provides better traction than ice!  If you find yourself in such a situation, try to move your vehicle smoothly onto the other surface.
 
Keep in mind that accelerating, braking and steering should all be done smoothly to maintain traction and control of your vehicle. Use a light touch on the accelerator.  With the limited traction available on ice, stepping on the gas will cause the tires to spin. Give yourself plenty of time and slow down before entering curves.
 
Increase your following distance behind other cars to allow for additional stopping time and distance.  You will need it when ice or snow on the ground limits your traction. The additional space will also give you a cushion if the vehicle in front of you loses control and spins out.  That space can, hopefully, provide enough room to maneuver and time to react to avoid a collision.  Also, stay alert for other drivers who might lose control.  Think about your best escape route or your how you would react to various situations that might arise. Be mindful of your options.
 
If you have a new vehicle, it’s important to see and feel how it reacts when you are traveling at low speed and step on the brake or turn the wheel. By learning how it behaves, you are better prepared to take the right action in a surprise situation on the road.  Remember, it’s all about the traction!
 
 
Joy & Scott Mattson
MN District Educators
jsmattson@usfamily.net

Jamuary 2018 Article

Posted: 01 Jan 2018 10:27 PM

Happy New Year!
 
We flipped the page of the calendar to January and, wham!  Winter was here!  The signs of winter are everywhere: frigid temperatures, snow flurries, freezing rain, and ice.  In winter we see the most accidents/spin outs when conditions include light snow, freezing rain and/or black ice.  When the road surface is icy, traction is greatly reduced so the best thing to do is to stay home – if you can.  If you must drive in icy conditions, slow down and, similar to riding in the rain, be smooth with braking or acceleration.
 
When we lose traction, we lose the braking and steering control of our vehicle.  Even with four tires on the ground and ABS, it is easy to lose control of a vehicle on ice. To increase traction in icy conditions, look for “roughed” surfaces – perhaps an unplowed or unpaved gravel shoulder or snow that may be present where tires haven’t packed it down. Almost any surface provides better traction than ice!  If you find yourself in such a situation, try to move your vehicle smoothly onto the other surface.
 
Keep in mind that accelerating, braking and steering should all be done smoothly to maintain traction and control of your vehicle. Use a light touch on the accelerator.  With the limited traction available on ice, stepping on the gas will cause the tires to spin. Give yourself plenty of time and slow down before entering curves.
 
Increase your following distance behind other cars to allow for additional stopping time and distance.  You will need it when ice or snow on the ground limits your traction. The additional space will also give you a cushion if the vehicle in front of you loses control and spins out.  That space can, hopefully, provide enough room to maneuver and time to react to avoid a collision.  Also, stay alert for other drivers who might lose control.  Think about your best escape route or your how you would react to various situations that might arise. Be mindful of your options.
 
If, like me, you have a new vehicle, it’s important to see and feel how it reacts when you are traveling at low speed and step on the brake or turn the wheel. By learning how it behaves, you are better prepared to take the right action in a surprise situation on the road.  And remember, it’s all about the traction!
 
 
Joy & Scott Mattson
MN District Educators
jsmattson@usfamily.net