As a step in reducing the high accident rate that characterizes initial motorcycle operation, a skill test, written manual and knowledge test were developed. The basic source of information used in preparing the manual and tests was an inventory of critical knowledges and skills as obtained through a comprehensive analysis of motorcycle operator tasks. The skill test is an off-street measure designed to assess the following operating skills: starting on a hill, making a sharp turn, turning while accelerating and decelerating, controlled stopping, judging turning speed, avoiding obstacles, and emergency stopping while in a straight line and in a curve. Administration of the skill test yielded inter-examiner reliability coefficients of .9, while a correlation of .8 was obtained between test scores and judgments of proficiency made by experienced motorcycle operators. The manual provides critical information involved in safe motorcycle operation, including the following topics: preparing to ride, vehicle control, being seen, observing, maintaining distance separation, handling dangerous surfaces, night riding, emergencies, carrying passengers and cargo, group riding, being in shape to ride, and maintaining the motorcycle. It is written entirely at the fifth-sixth grade reading level.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Public Services Research Institute

    421 King Street
    Alexandria, VA  United States  22314

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McPherson, K
    • McKnight, A J
  • Publication Date: 1976-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 117 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00150490
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-HS-802-077 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-5-01143,, DOT-HS-5-01165
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 15 1977 12:00AM