Archive for September, 2009

10 Tips for Driving in Work Zones

  • Expect the unexpected!

Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be canged,  detours made, and people may be working on or near the road.

  • Pay attention to the signs!

Warning signs are used to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe posted signs until you see the sign stating you have left the work zone.

  • Slow down!

Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes; obey posted speed limits.

  • Obey road crew flaggers!

The flagger knows what work actifity is planned and the appropriate speed for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign and you can be citied for disobeying his or her directions.

  • Don’t tailgate!

Keep a safe distancew between you and the car ahaead of you. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.

  • Keep a safe distance between  your vehicle and construction workers and their equipment.
  • Stay alert & minimize distractions!

Dedicated your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.

Keep up with the traffic flow.

Motorist can help maintain traffic flow in following the posted speeds, merging smoothly, and not slowing to watch road work activities.

  • Schedule enough time to drive safely and check radio, tv and websites for traffic information.

Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time.

  • Be patient and stay calm.

Work zones aren’t set to personally inconvenience you. Remember, work zone crews are working to improve the road in a safe and timely manner and to and make your future driving experiences better.

Motorcycle Helmets For The Youth

It is particularly important to be aware of motorcycle safety when it comes to the youth. You might have a child who likes to ride motorcycles. To ensure his safety, try to invest in a youth motorcycle helmet that provides good protective coverage and excellent retention to help lessen your worries.

Youth motorcycle helmet safety also involves proper fit and sizing. Every motorcycle helmet dealer should have an expert available to help you find a youth motorcycle helmet that perfectly shaped to your child’s head.

In looking for the perfect fitting motorcycle helmet for your child, it is better that you should bring him with you when you do your helmet shopping. This way, you can have him determine for himself if such a helmet would be perfect for his own use. Here are some tips that would be able to help you find that motorcycle helmet with the perfect fit.

Let your kid try on several motorcycle helmets for at least five minutes to check for any bothersome areas. Have him look in the mirror to check for symmetry and ensure that the motorcycle helmet rests just above the eyebrows and to check for red marks after taking off the helmet.

The comfort liner of a motorcycle helmet can form to the shape of your head so the helmet typically becomes more comfortable over time and use. Be sure that you start with a good fitting helmet. You should also make sure that the helmet you choose has undergone anti-scratch and anti-fog treatments. In addition, make sure that the visor doesn’t touch the helmet¡¯s outer shell that can result in scratches or fuzzy vision areas on your visor.

When choosing a youth motorcycle helmet, remember that a lighter model may be more comfortable than its heavier counterpart, but is perhaps less equipped to ensure motorcycle safety. You must be able to strike up the perfect balance over both features to ensure that your child enjoys comfort while wearing the helmet along with the features to provide the protection that you look for.

After you have purchased a helmet for your child, try to be cautious and careful in storing them. Avoid placing them in a high or unsteady location where the helmet could come crashing to the ground. Avoid the risk of scratching or busting an expensive motorcycle helmet by taking very good care of it. Avoid placing the helmet on the motorcycle saddle or the side mirrors. Doing so can damage the interior padding which can make the helmet unusable over time.

Motorcycle Brake Upgrade

Motorcycles are considered by many people the ideal way to travel, and are a symbol of freedom to some. To othersthey may just more affordable than a car. No matter why you decide you wish to own a motorbike, your safety and the safety of others should be one of your main considerations. Motorbike riders need to be extremely observant and constantly aware of developing hazards, as it may be hard for drivers of larger vehicles to notice them. All road users need to take weather conditions into account, but motorcycle riders need to take extra care in bad weather. In winter many do not use their bikes due to the adverse weather conditions.

Over the years, motorcycle manufacturers and component companies have been striving to make riding a motorcycle safer. One area in which a number of advancements have been made is in the field of motorcycle brakes. Although there was a point when motorcycle brakes were extremely poor quality, many riders were in fear of braking suddenly in case they were thrown over the handlebars. With improvements in brakes and bike technology in general, this is not something that many motorcyclists are nervous of anymore, but it is recommended to practice emergency braking on your bike in safe locations when possible, so you are aware of your bikes (and your own!) capabilities.

If you feel your motorcycle brakes are in adequate or worn, it may well be time to look into an upgrade. As technologies are evolving and improving very quickly, even relatively recent bikes could benefit from upgrades after a few years. In recent times, motorcycle braking distances have improved to the extent that performance bikes can brake almost as quickly from high speeds as performance cars. Braking has also become easier to control.

There are a number of options when choosing motorcycle brakes, and what you choose will vary dependant on what type of bike you own ¨C brakes that may be ideal for sport bikes are not necessarily the best suited to larger choppers or lower powered models. If you are new to biking and want to upgrade you brakes, seek advice as to the best way to go about doing this from a reputable source.

If you are in the process of selecting a new motorbike, take the models brakes into consideration. Brand new bikes should offer the best technologies for your budget, but it is worthwhile looking into more than one manufacturer to see which offers the most. If you are purchasing a second hand bike, consider whether it will need a brake upgrade in the foreseeable future, and look into how much this is likely to cost.

In truth, many motorcycles, cars and other vehicles could benefit from receiving more regular upgrades than they currently do. As a motorcyclist, you will need to be very in tune with your own vehicle and should try and recognise yours and its limitations and where you can make improvements. Upgrading your motorcycle brakes can be one way in which you make your bike safer for yourself and others.

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