The mission of the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program at MMSP.org is to
provide quality motorcycle rider education and enhance motorcycle ride
safety to the citizens and visitors of the state of Missouri. The goal of the
MMSP is to increase public safety among motorcyclists and motorists by
reducing motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities through rider education
and public information.
The MMSP shares the vision of the Highway Safety Office - MoDOT whose
mission is to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes in the state of
Missouri. By working together both organizations are able to help each other
meet their goals
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1. Make eye contact
Never assume others see you. Always try to make eye contact with drivers who may be about to pull
2. Read “vehicle language”
Even when drivers, cyclists and pedestrians do see you approaching, they often misjudge your distance
and speed. Don’t rely on them.
3. Watch out for left-turning vehicles at intersections
Getting hit by an oncoming vehicle that’s turning left is the most common type of motorcycle crash.
4. Check behind when turning left from a highway
Watch your mirrors and make sure you have plenty of space behind. The drivers behind might not slow
down for you.
5. Look out for hazardous road conditions
Wet roads, fluid spills, sand, gravel, highway sealant, railroad tracks, potholes and other road-surface
hazards reduce your traction. They cause many falls.
6. Take it easy on the curves
Many crashes happen there. You might overshoot the road or cross the centre line and get hit by
oncoming traffic. Watch the road ahead, slow down and choose the correct lane position-before entering
7. Wear a good helmet
Helmets prevent head injuries in 67 per cent of crashes and deaths in 29 per cent. Make sure your
helmet has a sticker showing that it meets current safety standards. Avoid buying a used helmet. It may
have been in a crash, and the damage may not be obvious.
8. Wear protective clothing designed for motorcycle riders
It can provide some protection during a crash, as well as shield you from the weather and flying debris.
Keeping warm and dry will help you stay alert and maintain coordination. Wear your riding gear in layers
so you can adjust to changing conditions. Jeans give little protection. Never ride in lightweight pants or
9. Protect your eyes and face
Constant wind can make your eyes water, preventing you from spotting hazards. Flying insects, dust and
debris can hurt your eyes and face. The best protection is a full-face helmet with a built-in face shield.
10. Be visible
Wear bright, reflective clothing. Add extra reflective material to it or wear a reflective vest. Likewise, buy
a bright-coloured helmet and stick reflective tape to the back and sides. Always keep your headlight on.
Ride in the lane position where other drivers can easily see you and you’ve got room to move. Avoid all
other vehicles’ blind spots.