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Responsible riding

Rider fitness

Your physical and mental conditions affect
your ability to judge and react to a situation.
Never ride after drinking alcohol or
using drugs.
Be aware of the effects of prescription
and over-the-counter medications.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any
medications you take may affect your
ability to judge and react.
Do not ride when tired or stressed.
Avoid becoming too cold, too hot,
or dehydrated.

Cell phones and
other distractions

Cell phones can take your attention away
from the complex task of riding. Do not
receive or make a cell phone call, or read
or text a message while riding. Stop at a
safe location at the side of the road to use
a cell phone, including a hands-free phone,
or to groom, listen to music, eat or drink.
Two-way radios and global positioning
systems (GPS) are also distractions.

While all forms of distracted riding can be
hazardous, the Traffic Safety Act includes
fines for certain distractions. These include
using a hand-held cell phone, texting
or e-mailing, using electronic devices,
such as laptop computers, video games,
cameras, video entertainment displays
and programming portable audio players,
entering information on GPS units, reading
printed materials, writing, printing or
sketching, and personal grooming.

 

18 A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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