Published: 8th March 2022
Riding your motorcycle is undoubtedly a fun and exhilarating experience. If you are a new rider, it is especially important to know how to make your journeys as safe as possible.
Here are 6 safety tips to follow for a safe and enjoyable journey out on your motorcycle.
1. Take care at junctions
64% of motorcycle accidents in the UK occur at junctions. The majority of collisions occur due to drivers pulling out into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.
Whilst it is the driver’s responsibility to thoroughly check their surroundings in this case, make sure to double check your surroundings also before proceeding on your route, especially when emerging from junctions.
2. Be careful when overtaking or filtering
15% of motorcyclists in the UK were reported to be performing an overtaking manoeuvre when they were involved in a collision. Ensure that overtaking is performed when you have sufficient visibility, along with adequate passing distance.
When filtering through traffic, make sure that you adjust to a suitable and safe speed – you can judge this by considering the speed of other traffic, alongside the space between vehicles.
3. Look further ahead
Around 20% of motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider losing control, without any other road user being involved. When riding, remember to look as far ahead as possible. This way, you will be able to identify any hazards early, and plan your reaction in plenty of time.
Further to this, it is important to observe your surroundings and look ahead to anticipate actions that others may take. Whilst you may not be responsible for the actions of others, you can be proactive through looking ahead and being aware of the potential directions or paths that other road users may take.
4. Make yourself visible
Wearing bright coloured or reflective clothing when riding can be beneficial to make your presence known to other road users, especially when it is dark.
This can a be simple, yet effective solution to enhancing your presence on the roads. Whilst it is definitely a driver’s responsibility to ensure they check their surroundings sufficiently, as a motorcyclist, you are also responsible for making yourself as visible as possible on the road.
5. Know the forecast
Most motorcyclists will avoid riding in the rain or icy conditions. However, if you find yourself riding in these conditions, you should take extra care and be aware of additional hazards such as reduced traction, less visibility and increased braking distance.
It is a good idea as previously mentioned to wear bright or reflective clothing that is suitable for an array of weather conditions.
6. Invest in the right motorcycle clothing and accessories
Having the right motorcycle gear is essential. Not only will the right clothing help to keep you safe in the event of an accident, it will also contribute to a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Choosing the right motorcycle clothing can be a challenge with all the options out there. However, it is worth investing in the right gear that is durable and fit for the long term.
If you need some guidance on choosing the right motorcycle clothing and accessories, see our essential motorcycle gear guide highlights all the gear you need to stay safe and protected on the roads.
Lastly, if you’re a new rider, you may feel that you have a lot to learn after passing your test, however through initially focusing on the basics, you’ll soon see your riding skills and confidence improve.
If you’re an experienced rider, there are likely areas you can improve and taking advanced motorcycle training can be highly beneficial helping you to refine your skills.
With these tips in mind, we hope you have a safe, yet fun journey when out on your motorcycle.
As always, we wish everyone safe travels; however, if you or any of your family or friends are involved in an accident on the roads and require legal assistance from a Top Tier Legal 500 rated law firm, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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