Focus Group Results. CG ideas to address PMV mishaps Stop with the “death by PowerPoint”…it doesn’t work. Focus on real victims telling their stories, videos of accident results, and economic consequences
CG ideas to address PMV mishaps
Stop with the “death by PowerPoint”…it doesn’t work.
Focus on real victims telling their stories, videos of accident results, and economic consequences
Promote open discussion of close calls so everyone can benefit from the lesson learned…no retribution
PPE options may pose risk due to discomfort, heat stress and fatigue
Improve access to training/tuition assistance
Require periodic training/refresher
Educate MV operators on the risks to MC riders
CG ideas to address PMV mishaps (cont.)
Create awards and incentives for mishap free units
Create defensive driving classes
Membership to race tracks
Stricter punishment of DUI (permanent loss of license, mandatory driver training)
Install breathalyzer and speed governors in cars
Better work schedules
CG ideas to address PMV mishaps (cont.)
Morale shuttle, taxi reimbursement, free rides
Designated rest facilities/hotels (Preplan before event)
Take keys prior to drinking
“People drink and drive because they don’t get caught”
DoD – Defense Safety Oversight Council (DSOC) Private Motor Vehicle Task Force
Most at risk population
Sports bike riders
18-26 yrs of age
12 members from all services
2 cruiser (V-Twin style)
1 year to “lifer” in experience level
9 took safety training and 3 are self taught
Considered training good for all levels of experience
Need more experienced-level courses
Consider it optional, even helmets, depends on bike, speed and riding conditions
Vests can cause heat and discomfort leading to fatigue
Push limits since they feel more protected. “Full leather…anything goes”
“Sometimes being too careful is just as bad”
“Cool factor”…girls can’t see you!
Risk Taking/ “Need for Speed”
Deflected question to focus on MV lack of respect for MC…MVs “just want to mess with us”
Want to show how fast MC is compared to MV
Like the “rush” of speed and cornering
Primary reason for sports bike purchase
All 12 felt the “need for speed”
MVs are seen as a “barrier” to MC riders
Speed anytime I can…”just give me 50’ of room”
Responses show they consider factors (road, traffic) when making decision to speed
Why push the limits?
All Alpha males… competition and being the best
Restrictions (MC Safety purpose) lead to “outlaw” mentality
MC treated different than MV for violations
MVs don’t receive much MC sensitivity…best approach is to get them on a MC
MVs are the primary cause of MC mishaps
MCs must maintain focus 100% of the time while MVs talk on the phone, read, etc.
MVs do not respect the MC
Focus on riding under the influence…very common causal factor for the crash (sports bike vs cruiser)
10 of 12 had experienced a crash and considered the event the best learning opportunity
Very paranoid at intersections
Don’t consider videos or testimonials very effective for training or changing behavior
Need to experience the event to change behaviors
More concerned about damage to bike than self
Drink and Ride?
“Hasn’t affected me yet”
“I don’t get hammered”
“Tell buddies that if you drink and ride, I will not help you”
Alcohol reduced reaction…lower BAC for MC riders
Riding in groups makes you a better rider
Provide place to speed, do stunts, be aggressive
Organize “track days” or “safety fairs” where one can practice skills
Coordinate with local law enforcement MC crews for training and group rides
Restrictions on base (e.g., need for certifications) lead to people keeping bikes a secret
“Don’t want to wait for certifications before I can ride”
Too many restrictions…why not follow state laws?
Using the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) as a risk management approach, the following are offered as opportunities to mitigate MV/MC mishaps -
Acts – Behavior/attitude changes
Does current training meet needs
Open exchange of lessons learned
Peer/mentoring riding programs
Access to speed tracks/MC morale events
Behavior based checkpoints (PPE use, speeding, aggressive riding, etc.) non-punitive
Aggressive consequences for violations (training, probation, loss of license)
Improve visibility of MC (flashing headlight, noise, etc.)
Road conditions and characteristics (distractions, debris, embankments, etc.)
Condition of individual
Fatigue, physical fitness, nutrition, personality traits
Set expectations and monitor compliance with training and PPE requirements.
Create a “NO MC FATALITY” culture and establish milestones and rewards that are valued by crew members.
Organize MC events that allow members to demonstrate proficiencies and push thresholds in a safe setting (e.g., speed track).
Restrictions should emphasize accountability/consequences and not punishment
Evaluate work schedule requirements and consequence of fatigue.
Provide opportunities for training and skill building
Create a “NO MC FATALITY” culture and establish recognition/rewards for meeting milestones that are valued by crew members.
Create a venue/forum for discussing MC safety restriction with the intent of reaching a unified position and consensus on the types and conditions of restrictions.
Publish doctrine that formally states the restrictions and consequences of violations.