People love it for the exhilarating sense of freedom that comes with it. Motorcycle riding is a favorite American pastime and the number of motorcyclists out on the open road increases as the weather warms up. As we’ve said before, although a fun activity and a great, fuel-efficient way to get from place A to place B, riding is dangerous and risky.
This was no less true for Joel Crouch of Renton, who was airlifted to Harborview on Saturday after losing control of his Kawasaki 250. Crouch was not believed to have been speeding nor under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Rather, WSP Trooper Dave Martin thinks that a simple moment of not paying attention is to blame. No matter the vehicle, paying attention is vital 100% of the time. A single second of distraction can be fatal.
There are several things you should do before you go out for a ride, and one of the most important of those is to prepare your mind. Motorcycling requires the participation of your whole body and every tiny speck of attention that you can give. Having a motorcycle maintenance checklist can ensure that your bike is in the best condition before riding and can be a part of a pre-ride ritual that helps you get into the right mindset. You must guard yourself and your mind against distractions. One of the biggest distractions you can have is your emotion, specifically anger. If you find that you cannot take your attention away from your emotions, it is advisable to stay or get off the road until you have collected yourself.
Always have a clear head when going out for a ride. It will make the whole experience much better – and safer – for you and everyone else around you.