Anyone who rides a motorcycle or scooter knows that they can be the fastest way from A to B. Riding them is also exhilarating and word is getting around – more and more people are taking up motorcycling. But with traffic conditions these days, it’s more important than ever that motorcyclists deal with the unexpected.
Motorcyclists are more likely to be injured in fatal or serious collisions than car drivers. Injuries to motorcyclists are far out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic but account for 19% of all Great Britain’s road user deaths.
The most common factors in road accidents that involve injury to motorcyclists are:
- Failing to look properly
- Loss of control
- Failed to judge the other person’s path or speed
- Carless, reckless or in a hurry
- Poor turn or manoeuvre
The best motorcyclists ride defensively so they are less likely to have collisions. Those that are in control:
- Anticipate the actions of motorists
- Are alert and observant
- Ride at a speed that will enable them to slow down and stop in good time
- Position themselves in the best place
- Take a “lifesaver” glance over their shoulder
- Are seen