Motorcycles make up only 2% of our county’s traffic but account for 17% of Killed and Seriously injured.
If you’re already good, make yourself better. The best motorcyclists ride defensively so they are less likely to have accidents.
Make sure you:
- Anticipate the actions of motorists.
- Are alert and observant. Important when you are negotiating junctions or roundabouts; and when you need to look out for other vulnerable road users - children, pedestrians, cyclists and horseriders.
- Ride at a speed that will enable you to slow down and stop in good time. The unexpected can happen. And ride according to the conditions: slow down if it’s wet, foggy or icy.
- Position yourself in the best place. Usually the middle of the lane. But take up your road position in good time before turning right or left, showing others what you aim to do.
- Overtake safely. Can you see hazards? Is there a bend or a junction? Can you overtake without speeding up or swerving too much?
- Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres when you need to know where other drivers are and what they are doing.
- Are seen. Dipped headlights, even in good daylight, can help you to be seen.
Buy the right gear before you get on your motorcycle. You need:
- An approved helmet that fits securely. Replace it if you think it is damaged. A white or brightly coloured helmet can help you to be seen.
- Good clothing - and that means jackets, trousers and boots. The best is CE marked and can protect you from getting hurt if you come off. It should be fluorescent during the day and reflective at night.
- Clothing which also protects you properly from the weather will not just make you feel more comfortable, it will also allow you to focus more on your riding.