HomeNewsArticle Display

Staying safe on two wheels

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- With the worst of winter behind us, many folks are beginning to break out the hiking boots and sunscreen for some outdoor fun. Additionally, many motorcyclists who have been bound by snow and ice for the last several months are making their way onto the roads again.

Lt. Col. Mark Guerber, the 16th Space Control Squadron commander and avid motorcyclist, recently briefed members of his unit about the importance of staying safe riding.

According to the Air Force Safety Center, since 2005, motorcycle and automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among service members while off-duty.

This is one of reasons why Guerber said he is a strong advocate for motorcycle safety and remains as educated of a rider as possible.

"Motorcyclists take recurring training every couple of years and many of us practice emergency skills on a regular basis," Guerber said. "Although the risks are higher, a well-trained operator practices risk management daily."

Guerber also explained that being a defensive rider is best considering no one else on the road is more concerned for your safety than you.

He said that it is imperative to not only pay attention to what other drivers are doing inside of their vehicles, but also to watch the wheels of other cars around.

"A car driver may not do a head check before changing lanes, but the human eye can easily see when the wheels go out of parallel and start heading toward your bike," Guerber said.

Guerber also offered advice to car drivers who might not understand the risk typical hazards, like oil, water, sand or gravel, can pose to motorcyclists.

"Cars need to be aware of road hazards that have a greater impact on motorcycles," Guerber said. "Motorcycles will go slower and wider than a car driver expects because the challenge of negotiating these obstacles with less available traction."

Guerber added that wildlife pose a significant risk to riders, and to steer toward the rear of an animal to try to avoid a collision.

Speaking personally, Guerber recounted a time when his inexperience nearly caused a mishap that could have ended badly.

"I was on a sport bike approaching an intersection, looking at cross traffic while I slowed down with the front brake," Guerber said. "When I heard tires squeal, I looked forward to see the driver from another lane had merged into my lane and cut off the driver in front of me.

Guerber said rather than releasing his brake and moving into the empty lane next to him, he clamped down on his front brake, stopping mere inches from the car in front of him.

"Although I stopped ... my bike collapsed sideways with me under it,” he said. “Proper habits, drilled into muscle memory would have kept me and my bike from a lot of pain and damage.

Ultimately, Guerber equated safe driving as a matter of "dollars and cents."

"Whether you're in a car or on a bike, you've only got $10 worth of attention and skill," Guerber said. "If you don't practice and develop safe habits, you may spend $9 just driving. When an emergency pops up, you're left with just $1 to handle a much more challenging situation."

Guerber added that proper practice and planning allows riders to flip this equation. Riders should spend more time on how to respond during emergency situations

Engage

Twitter
From their homes to yours, check out the @AirNatlGuard Band of the South! #ReadyAF #AimHigh https://t.co/yb7GhZZ5A3
Twitter
Reintegration will be a deliberate & phased approach to protect Airmen & Space Professionals. Learn to maintain rea… https://t.co/egQSAV5uRB
Twitter
The MQ-1B Predator is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft used for i… https://t.co/livZYQyXnH
Twitter
Dr. Quinton Sasnett, a faculty member at Air University, talks about the university's civilian associates degree pr… https://t.co/0BgoCiGCUy
Twitter
Improving mental health through expressive writing. @KadenaAirBase https://t.co/zVoYTQQl5z
Twitter
Medical pros at Kadena Air Base, 3-D printed naso-pharyngeal swabs to test potential #COVID19 patients. The dental… https://t.co/h8q1HgLjRZ
Twitter
The MC-12W is a medium-to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft. Its primary mission is providing intelligen… https://t.co/st7WRJLDHB
Twitter
Know what resources, treatments & therapies are available for invisible wounds. https://t.co/H2A7fYb8s3
Twitter
“The Total Force team at Eielson plays a pivotal role that extends throughout Alaska and projects into the Arctic.”… https://t.co/7nSYEtYWHj
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: 🙌🎉 Congrats to the @usairforce's newest pilots as Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 20-18 graduates today at @…
Twitter
.@JointBasePHH Airmen participate in a ramp drop from a C-17 Globemaster III. The 25th Air Support Ops Squadron is… https://t.co/AZVT6Qzmgv
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: It is a pleasure to be in #Alaska to see #Airmen and #SpaceProfessionals in action! Whether it’s F-35s & F-22s protectin…
Twitter
RT @EielsonAirForce: When @SecAFOfficial comes to visit, we show off the 'cool stuff' https://t.co/sGCSnVOOXg
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: A career worth a thousand words: Colonel Campbell reflects on career in aviation - https://t.co/atNAeYOoMI (Story by @Dobb
Twitter
The Air Force will host the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower conference virtually August 24–27.… https://t.co/9pRjj6U1lp
Twitter
A Rocket Propelled Grenade was launched at a Dyess AFB C-130J in September 2019. The Airmen had to respond quickly! https://t.co/fgfNkCjA4a
Twitter
#DYK The UH-1N has a crew of three (pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer) and is capable of flight in instrument and… https://t.co/Qcj74Tk4ra
Twitter
.@GenDaveGoldfein has left a lasting impression on @HollomanAFB. #DYK Among his many tours, he was once commander o… https://t.co/ET8q1w8ywO
Twitter
The United States Air Forces in Europe Fire Academy & 86th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters get advanced rescue… https://t.co/AUHlxm0nPt
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,251,940
Follow Us