Motorbike Road safety
- 22% of all the uks road deaths are attributed to motorcyclists; this is particularly alarming when considering that they only account for 1% of all road users.
To reduce chances of injury and death follow this advice.
- Wear the right gear
- Wear a Properly Fitted helmet make sure it received a good safety score.
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- Wear specially made protective gear for motorcyclists, going at speed the road will shred clothing you are wearing
- Wear Reflective Gear at night and florescent gear at night.
- Check for other road vehicles before pulling out.
- Stay at a reasonable speed in order to maximize your chances of evaluating road hazards
- Try to anticipate other road users actions. Always take into account that they may not be aware of your presence.
- Driving in a defensive manner can help protect yourself. Things like driving predictably and not weaving in and out to overtake traffic
- Glance over your shoulder before making a manoeuvre
- Always travel at a speed when you can break well before the next junction if a road hazard were to get in your way,
- Take the terrain into account, going at speed on gravel could mean you could become dismounted from motorcycle especially when approaching at an acute angle
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In order to avoid a collision with a motorbike as another road user follow these suggestions
- Get into the habit of frequently checking your mirrors.
- Give motorcycles as much space as a car when overtaking
- Check for motorcycles when turning, be sure to judge their speed accurately if you are exiting a junction
- -check for motorcycles before opening your car door
- Check for motorcycles when changing lanes, be sure to use your mirrors and check your blind spot.
- Keep your driving predictable, try not to weave or drive erratically
- Make allowances for bad weather
- Keep your distance from the motorcycle, driving too close could scare an inexperienced driver and should they become demounted you may not be able to stop in time.
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