Motorcycling

Take longer to look for bikes

Injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 19% of all road user deaths.

The facts

  • Motorcyclists are roughly 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants, per mile ridden
  • In 2013, 331 motorcyclists died and 4,866 were seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain.
  • Motorcyclist KSIs have fallen since 2008 when 493 motorcyclists were killed and 5,556 were seriously injured on Britain's roads.

THINK! advice for motorcyclists

The following tips will help keep you and other road users safe.

Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable
Make sure you:

  • anticipate the actions of others
  • are alert and observant
  • can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens
  • position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards
  • take a 'lifesaver' glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing

Consider further skills training to improve your performance and safety on the road

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Wear the right gear
Fall off your bike and tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds. Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it.

  • Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night
  • Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers

Essential guide to protective gear for bikers [PDF - 421 KB]Opens new window

Choosing the right helmet could help save your life
The SHARP rating system helps you understand how much protection a helmet offers in a crash.

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THINK! advice for drivers


Here are a few simple ways of avoiding crashes with motorcyclists:

THINK! take longer to look for bikes:
Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you're approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too.

Keep your distance
Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist.

Check for bikes when changing lanes
A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot.

Check for bikes when turning
Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.

Motorcyclists might pass you on either side
Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you're turning left or right.

Park safely
Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door - and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars.


Watch named riders

WATCH: The THINK BIKE THINK BIKER TV advert encourages drivers to look out for motorcyclists.

READ: about life on a bike

LISTEN: to THINK BIKER ads

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Stay in control
STAY IN CONTROL
This campaign for motorcyclists offers essential riding tips
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Watch Perfect Day video

WATCH: Our video shows a perfect motorcycle ride where a rider is warned of hazards on the road before he reaches them. Real life isn’t like this, so riders need to THINK! ahead when they are on the road.

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THINK! Education

THINK! Resource Centre

THINK! road safety education resources organised into lesson packs by age and key stage: