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Motorcyclists should be prepared before heading out on roads, base

(U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere)

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- As the weather improves and temperatures start to rise once again, motorcyclists are taking to the open road in greater numbers, both on base and off. This means drivers of other vehicles should be more vigilant and aware of their, and others, safety when on the road. 

Motorists should be constantly on the lookout for motorcycles, especially from dusk to dawn, and motorcyclists themselves should pay more attention to managing risks.
Aside from obeying United Kingdom traffic laws and regulations, U.S. military and civilian motorcyclists have additional Air Force requirements they have to adhere to when riding on and off base. 

These requirements are monitored by unit motorcycle coordinators, who are also active riders. For instants, military riders must have documented MSF training within the last three years, according to Air Force Regulation 91-207, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Supplement 1, Paragraph 13.1. 

They must also have a motorcycle endorsement on their state side driver's license.
All riders must wear the following:
Department of Transportation- or host nation-approved helmet.
Eye protection, impact resistant goggles or full-face shield.
Brightly colored vest or jacket as an outer upper garment during the day and reflective during the night. It needs to be clearly visible and not covered.
Full-fingered motorcycle gloves.
Long pants, preferably something durable.
Closed toe footwear. Leather boots or over-the-ankle shoes are strongly encouraged.
The Experienced Riders Course is held monthly, and the Beginners Riders Course will be held every other month, with the first BRC starting April 2 to 4. 

For more information on motorcycle training, call either your unit motorcycle coordinator, unit safety representative, or the 100th Air Refueling Wing Safety Office at 238-4717.