Today is Mother’s Day of 2017. It’s a lovely day in northern Georgia. Perfect day to go for a motorcycle ride up towards the mountains. We’ve been motorcycling for six years now.
I truly enjoy riding as a passenger, but I am now thinking of getting on my own. I need to to work on being able to afford the lessons, afford a bike, and the tags, and insurance as well as other expenses that go along with owning a motorcycle.
I trust my husband, but unfortunately I do not trust the drivers on the road. I trust truck drivers because they have shown that they respect motorcyclists in the past – or at least that has been the experience I have had with them. Drivers – no – unfortunately not.
While helmet laws are required in Georgia, I wear gear on my body as well. I want to point out to drivers out there that we have the right to the road as everyone else. The females you see out there are wives, girlfriends or sisters – please give us consideration and respect on the road.
While we do keep up with the speed of the highway or the road – per the law – you have no right to “ride our tail.” If I can see you pretty close in the rear view mirror – you are too close for my comfort. If you would not do that to another car, why would do you do that to a motorcyclist?
Let me point something out to the driver who is riding on our rear end behind a motorcycle – since I am the passenger – a wife, mother, sister – if we had to stop suddenly – where do you think I would land? We can discuss the velocity of speed here – it can go two ways; I can land on top of your hood, potentially roll into your windshield or I would fly over my husband’s body and into the street, going about 70 miles per hour either way, which is the average mph on the highway. Since I am closest to the vehicle – I am going to bear the brunt of the injury.
Another thing I would like to tell drivers on the highway – do not text and drive or talk on the cell phone and drive. You may think you are keeping an eye on the road while you’re texting or talking. You are not. We can see you slightly weaving and that moment you look briefly down is just enough time to nearly miss us if we decide to pass in front of you. Fortunately for you, we tend to peak into your window to see what you’re doing before we pass in front of you. We see way too many drivers still – texting or talking on their cellphones while driving.
We keep ourselves alert all times while we go motorcycling. That means we do not go if we feel tired, out of sorts or not feeling well. We take breaks, and keep ourselves hydrated because we know that is how we keep accidents down to the minimum or to zero. We also keep our selves educated on the laws and our rights as motorcyclists.
So, please – keep your eyes and ears open, look twice (and respect our space on the road) – there is someone waiting for us to come back home.