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    Archived pages: 213 . Archive date: 2012-07.

  • Title: Knowledge Base - Motorcycle Safety Checks
    Descriptive info: Safety Issues.. Motorcycle Safety Checks.. Knowledge Base Article.. P.. O.. W.. D.. E.. R.. Petrol Oil Water Damage Electrics Rubber.. Petrol - make sure you have enough fuel for the journey.. Does your motorbike have a reserve tank switch or just a warning light? Can you turn the fuel tap to reserve while on the move, without taking your eyes off the road? Do you know where the tap is?.. Oil - How do you check the oil level on your motorbike? Most dry sump motorcycles require you to check the oil when the engine is hot, while most wet sump machines should have their oil level checked with the engine cold.. Which type is yours? The owner's handbook will tell you how to perform this check correctly.. Is your motorbike a two stroke or a four stroke? Of course you know that on a two stroke machine the two stroke oil should be checked every time you fill up with petrol.. On a four-stroke motorcycle the procedure for checking the oil level varies - dipstick or sight glass? Engine - hot or cold? If you are not sure what type your motorcycle is, you had better find out otherwise you may be looking at a major repair bill for engine seizure and/or crash damage.. Water -  ...   it could have been borrowed during the day without your knowledge.. Electrics - Are you sure all your lights and signals are clean and working? Finding out the horn doesn't work just when you need it is no use.. Is your faulty brake light inviting a rear end shunt? Do you know where the fuses are and can you replace them?.. Rubber - Your tyres form a contact patch with the road no bigger than the palm of your hand and are thus an essential component of motorcycle safety.. Too much air in your tyres reduces grip by making the tyre stand proud of the road surface.. Too little air promotes instability because it allows the side walls of the tyres to flex.. Do you know what your tyre pressures are and the legal minimum tread depth?.. Remember, if you are going to pull a nail out of one of your tyres, do it outside a Motorcycle shop that is open and fixes punctures!.. Finally, you must ensure the maintenance schedule for your machine is adhered to.. If you cannot do it yourself get a professional to do it or show you how.. For instance, a badly maintained chain may snap or jump off and cause you to crash.. Could you spot one?.. Related Articles.. Car Safety Checks..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Driving in Adverse weather conditions
    Descriptive info: Driving in Adverse weather conditions.. Tips for Driving in Snow.. Snow can make driving extremely dangerous.. Before you even get into your car make sure to clean all the snow off your windscreen, windows, mirrors and all lights.. Use dipped headlights to give yourself better visibility.. If you can't see the road ahead clearly enough to drive safely, pull over to a safe place until the snow fall eases.. Climbing and descending hills in snow requires special care.. Climb hills in the highest possible gear, as lower engine revs will reduce the chance of losing traction and spinning your wheels.. Descend hills very slowly; putting your vehicle into a low gear, before the descent.. If you do find yourself in a skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the accelerator, and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.. Remember keep  ...   but also they will help other drivers to see you.. And avoid driving over puddles as they may be hiding a nasty pothole.. Brake before bends and corners; they are more difficult to negotiate safely on wet roads so slow down.. Tips for Driving in Fog.. When driving in foggy conditions your visibility can be significantly reduced, so slow down Remember to keep your distance and be patient.. Make sure to turn on dipped headlights, whether it is day or night as full beams will only be reflected back off the fog and impair your visibility even more.. Use rear fog lamps when necessary but do not forget to turn them off as soon as viability improves.. Turn on your wipers and defroster to remove any moisture from the windshield.. And open your window slightly so that you can hear the traffic you cannot see, especially at junctions..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - RSA
    Descriptive info: General Information.. RSA.. The RSA works to improve road safety in Ireland by:.. Developing and implementing information and education campaigns to increase awareness of road safety and promote safer driving.. Improving vehicle standards.. Establishing and monitoring a standard for driver instruction.. Overseeing the system of driver licensing  ...   a co-ordinated response and ensure our collective resources are used wisely and efficiently.. Undertaking accident and road safety research in order to develop measures and recommendations to improve road safety.. Advising the Minister for Transport on road safety policy.. Producing road safety strategy documents and monitoring their implementation..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Approved Driving Instructors (ADI)
    Descriptive info: Approved Driving Instructors (ADI).. Since 30th April 2009, driving instruction in Ireland has been a regulated industry.. The regulations cover standard of instruction, examinations to be passed as well as penalties for breaches of the law.. To work as a driving instructor in Ireland, an instructor must be on the RSA’s Register of Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) and display  ...   ADI full permit, each instructor is assessed by the RSA to ensure they have the necessary:.. Knowledge of rules of the road and road safety.. Driving ability.. Ability to teach a learner driver.. For your protection, ADIs also undergo Garda vetting.. What this means for you, as a learner driver,.. is better, more consistent standards.. and therefore.. better instruction..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Active suspension
    Descriptive info: Glossary of Motoring Terms.. Active suspension.. A computer-based suspension system that is capable of dynamically changing springs, shocks and other components in accordance with road disturbances and handling loads.. Many newer vehicles are equipped with such systems..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Anti lock brakes (ABS)
    Descriptive info: Anti lock brakes (ABS).. A factory installed computer and hydraulic system that can adjust brake pressure at individual wheels and prevent the problems of brake lockup.. The system is an advantage for untrained drivers, but takes away some control possible by a skilled driver..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - BALANCE
    Descriptive info: BALANCE.. The dynamic relationship between the load on individual wheels and their ability to turn, brake or apply power.. This relationship is greatly influenced by vehicle design (i.. e.. , motor placement, transmission placement, sway bars, etc.. )..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Bedding in brakes
    Descriptive info: Bedding in brakes.. The process of stopping a vehicle repeatedly until brake fade occurs.. This eliminates lower temperature composites in the brake lining, and raises the lining's operating temperature..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Brake fade
    Descriptive info: Brake fade.. Overheating the brake pads results in a hard brake pedal with very little braking effect, overheating the brake fluid results in no brake pedal resistance or brake effect..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Brake lockup
    Descriptive info: Brake lockup.. When one or more wheels are not rotating, but skidding..

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  • Title: Knowledge Base - Braking point
    Descriptive info: Braking point.. The designated point at which you begin to apply the brakes, usually associated with some visual cue in advance of a curve or obstacle..

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