When the Motorcycle Accident Commission chose a new spokesman for its motorcycle safety campaign, they chose one of the most trusted riders in the business. Mick Doohan. Doohan will be working with the MAC to promote safety and educate riders about good motorcycle riding habits.
"Almost 50% of motorcycle crashes occur at intersections and in the majority of cases they involve another vehicle," said MAC General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Ben Tuffnell. "The major cause is failing to give way, usually the result of a driver not seeing the motorcyclist, and misjudging the riders speed. A common crash at an intersection is when a car driver is turning right across the path of an on-coming motorcyclist.
"Road safety happens through the deliberate efforts of many individuals and many sectors of society – government and non-government alike. Every one of us has a role to play. A reduction in road trauma is only possible through mutual respect and a shared responsibility between motorcyclists and drivers. Our previous campaigns have been well received, due in part to being delivered by a respected spokesperson whose experience and expertise is held in high regard.
"That's why we've again involved Mick Doohan as an ambassador to ensure motorcyclists sit-up and take notice of the campaign's important safety messages.
Doohan jumped right into his role as safety ambassador and has given a few tips for riders to stay safe on the rode.
Here are some safety tips from Mick Doohan.
- "Always use the two-second rule between you and the vehicle in front. If something goes wrong you need time to react and get yourself out of trouble."
- "Other vehicles won't expect you to have squirted into a space next to them that was empty seconds before. Assume every vehicle you're next to doesn't know you're there."
- "With small mirrors and helmets, blind spots are a big problem for riders. Always check over your shoulder – especially when changing lanes or turning in and out of side streets."
- "Assume you're invisible! Ride as if every driver, cyclist and pedestrian can't see you."
- "When approaching an intersection or riding in busy traffic, it's worth covering the front brake. That way you can stop a lot quicker if you have to."
Here's a video from Mick Doohan and the Motorcycle Accident Commission.