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 following tips will help keep you and other road users safe.
Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable
Make sure you:
Consider further skills training to improve your performance and safety on the road
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.
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.
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.
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: 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
STAY IN CONTROL
This campaign for motorcyclists offers essential riding tips
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.
Bike maintenance advice:
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THINK! road safety education resources organised into lesson packs by age and key stage: