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Tip No: 14 - Biking & Blading
Motorcyclist, cyclists and roller bladers are also partners in safety on the roads. Because of their vulnerability, it is even more vital that they use the roads strategically.

Cyclists and roller bladers, like motorcyclists, should wear a helmet at all times and should complete a recognized instructional course.

Cyclists are vehicles on the road, but should walk their bicycles across pedestrian crosswalks or crossovers. They should always give way to pedestrians on sidewalks and always signal their intention to turn or stop, and should obey all traffic signs.

Ignoring traffic signals and stop signs can lead to death or serious injury and, at the least, make other road users angry.

Cyclists should always use a light and reflectors and wear light coloured clothing when riding at night or in dull weather. Motorcyclists must always wear an approved helmet, and should wear a sturdy jacket and pants, even in warm weather. Boots or shoes should be sturdy and high enough to protect the ankles. Gloves, preferably gauntlets, give a better hold on handgrips and controls and provide protection in case Of collisions.

Perception and anticipation are important skills for motorcyclists. Look for and avoid trouble. In the city, look ahead and make wise choices of where you want to be in 15-20 seconds - remember you want to be where everyone can sec you and knows what you're going to do. Motorcycles are less noticeable because of their size so a good placement strategy is needed.

Maintain a "circle of safety" in traffic giving you time to react to trouble and some place to go.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  13-Regular Maintenance
14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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