Motorcycles - tips for safer riding
Some basic advice on improving the safety of motorcyclists.
- even if your bike is small and low powered, don’t ride too closely to the kerb if possible
- whenever possible, ride so that you can see other vehicles and so that they can see you – at least midway between the kerb and the central white line. Remember, you may have to adjust this position for oncoming traffic or traffic emerging from a side road
- never assume that another driver has seen you
- if in doubt, alter your position and slow down
- consider using your bike’s horn to draw drivers’ attention to your being there*
- do not ride between lanes of traffic at high speed. Steady progress is still progress
- remember cars and vans cannot get away from stationary like a motorcycle – make allowances
- do not tailgate a car, sit away from it and give yourself space
- make good progress but make it progressively. The road is not a race track. Riders who treat it as such do a disservice to the responsible motorcyclist
- your speed should be appropriate to road conditions
- regularly check your tyres
- tyre pressures should be checked weekly. Underinflated tyres will cause handling and stability problems for you
- we are all road users in one way or another. Be patient, be cautious and enjoy your motorcycling
*’Motorcycle Roadcraft’, The police rider’s handbook to better motorcycling.
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