Drivers of cars and trucks are frequently implored to remember that operators of smaller motorized vehicles ó motorcycles, in particular ó also have their right to the road. Motorcyclists typically burn their headlights during the day to increase their visibility on roads and highways. Itís a message that canít be repeated too often.

But during Motorcycle Safety Month, the Texas Department of Public Safety is directing a message to the cyclists, because statistics show that too many motorcyclists are getting back on their rides after a lengthy break, and are tragically proving how rusty they are. The DPS is reminding those motorcyclists that a refresher operator training course would be a good way to brush up on skills and increase their safety on the road.

The usual admonitions also apply, such as wearing protective gear ó including the recommended by not required (under current conditions) helmet. Riding defensively, and not aggressively, is also suggested.

Motorcycling is more popular as baby-boomers take advantage of opportunities they perhaps passed up ó or set aside ó in previous years. But if safety comes first, many years of motorcycling pleasure will await.

Brownwood Bulletin