Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
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  Chapter AL-J  -  Tuscaloosa, AL     Alabama District  -  Region-A  -  Gold Wing Road Riders Association  
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Next Monthly Gathering
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Chapter Christmas Party -- Northport Community Center 6pm-10pm-Bring a Vegetable and/or desert-Men bring a men's gift, Ladies bring a ladies' gift (Dirty Santa)-If you bring a child, bring a gift for them to open.
November - 2017
21,  Tue--T-O-D-A-Y-
22,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
29,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
December - 2017
2,  Sat-Chapter Ride -- Eldridge Toy Run-Leaving Northport Civic Center 10am (Kickstands up) Wear RED SHIRTS
3,  Sun-Chapter Ride -- This is not a lunch ride-Just a ride, but we may stop for ice cream-Leave PNC Bank at 1:30 (Tank Full, Belly Full, Bladder Empty)
6,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
9,  Sat-Chapter Christmas Party -- Northport Community Center 6pm-10pm-Bring a Vegetable and/or desert-Men bring a men's gift, Ladies bring a ladies' gift (Dirty Santa)-If you bring a child, bring a gift for them to open.
November - 2017
8,  Wed-Jackie & Patty Ratliff's Anniversary
16,  Thu-Buster & Janice Latham's Anniversary
24,  Fri-Buster Latham's Birthday
29,  Wed-Robert Nix Birthday
30,  Thu-Diane Beall's Birthday

Calendar Updated: 11/13/2017 7:00:00 AM

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Neighbors
AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting
-- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 5:30pm / Meet 6:30pm
[Next Meeting: Friday, December 15, 2017]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 12, 2017]
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Double Check

The following article is reprinted from GWRRA Motorist Awareness Division.

Space Cushioning

"Motorcyclists, who have significant room to maneuver while riding within a traffic lane, can use this margin to position themselves for maximum visibility to other motorists with safety and control of the situation." (NAMS, 2001)

Why Double Check?
  • About 3/4 of motorcycle accidents involve another motor vehicle.
  • Two-thirds of these accidents were caused by the motorist failing to yield the right of way.
  • The most common reason given by the motorist is, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.”
Why don't motorists see Motorcyclists?
  • Motorists, for the most part, are unfamiliar with motorcycles.
  • Motorists tend to look for and see the familiar - other motorists.
  • Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles; therefore, judging speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle is more difficult.
Where Are Accidents most likely to occur?
  • LEFT TURNS - Over 40% of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
  • VEHICLE BLIND SPOT - Motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicles blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their size.

EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK TWICE - SAVE A LIFE

WHAT CAN A MOTORIST DO?
  • Expect to see motorcyclists.  Look twice!
  • Try to anticipate a motorcyclist's movements - be especially cautious at intersections and during lane changes.  "Take a second - Double check!"
  • Allow more space between your vehicle an a motorcyclist than you would for another vehicle.  "Ride aware!"
  • Be courteous - signal your intentions well in advance.

Remember - "How many motorcyclists have you seen today?  LOOK TWICE"




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