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footpegs. Removing your hands from
the handlebars or feet from the foot-
pegs while riding can be hazardous. If
you remove even one hand or foot,
you reduce your ability to control the
Look Over Your Shoulder
Before changing lanes, look over
your shoulder to make sure the way is
clear. Do not rely solely on the rear
view mirror; you may misjudge a ve-
hicle's distance and speed, or you may
not see it at all.
Accelerate and Brake Smoothly
In general your actions should be
smooth as sudden acceleration, brak-
ing or turning may cause loss of con-
trol, especially when riding in wet
conditions or on loose road surfaces,
when the ability to maneuver will be re-
Select Correct Gear Speeds
When going up steep slopes, shift to
a lower gear so that there is power to
spare rather than overloading the en-
Use Both Front and Rear Brakes
When applying the brakes, use both
the front and rear brakes. Applying on-
ly one brake for sudden braking may
cause the motorcycle to skid and lose
Use Engine Brake
When going down long slopes, help
control vehicle speed by closing the
throttle so that the engine can act as
an auxiliary brake. Use the front and
rear brakes for primary braking.
Riding in Wet Conditions
Rely more on the throttle to control
vehicle speed and less on the front
and rear brakes. The throttle should


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