Ride Smart Florida reminds motorcyclists that the road is not a racetrack. On a motorcycle, performance is what it’s all about, but almost one quarter of all motorcycle fatalities in Florida involve speeding. Give yourself time to react to whatever comes your way.
Speed matters – your decision to speed could be the difference between life and death. Riding the speed limit may allow other drivers to gauge your speed and distance properly. Give them a chance to see you—give yourself a chance to ride another day.
The fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 50 mph is $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for the second.
In addition, a second offense will result in a one-year driver license suspension. Slow down—it will help you save your life and other’s lives.
Leave enough time and space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Ride in control and within your limits.
Motorcyclists involved in a fatal crash were traveling 20+ mph over the speed limit:
The Road is not a racetrack
Racetracks are designed for races and for crashes. Public streets are not designed for speed … there are obstacles such cars, trees, barriers, curbs and more. On the road are so many obstacles to hit. The road is not your racetrack.
Stopping Distance – speed is a critical factor in all road crashes and fatalities. Riding a motorcycle is unpredictable, and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead, it’s your speed that will determine whether you can stop in time. Become aware of the distances needed to brake at certain speeds. Are you aware of the distances needed to brake at certain speeds?
Here is something to think about….
Train regularly and get endorsed
Reacting safely and efficiently to hazards on the road requires practice and muscle memory. Training courses are an exciting way for you to practice crash-avoidance techniques, and to enhance your overall riding experience.