Motorcycles and scooters are one of the most affordable forms of motorised transport, as congestion gets worse and the cost of motoring rises; motorcycling is an increasingly popular form of transport.
Riding a motorbike safely requires both skill and judgement and needs regular practice. If you have not taken your bike out for a while, check it over to make sure it is roadworthy and ease yourself back in. To be better than the rest, ensure you have the skills and ability to deal with any situation by getting further on-road training from an accredited provider if required.
Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users, with injuries to them being far out of proportion to their presence on our roads. They account for just 1% of total road traffic, but 20% (1 in 5) of all road user deaths and serious injuries. (Source: Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2008).
In 2009,there were
655 motorcyclist casualties in the West Midlands with 176 killed or seriously, injured
Collisions at Junctions can be down to driver error, failing to give way,or being in a rush to join the flow of traffic. Some drivers fail to see you or cannot judge your speed. Always give yourself time to consider what you would do if a vehicle pulls out on you.
Collisions while overtaking can occur when road users fail to judge speed and distance appropriately. Riders also need to be aware of how their bike handles when accelerating.
As with all road users, overtaking is not advisable when approaching any of the areas below:
hills or dips in the road
where there are double white lines or other signs prohibiting overtaking.
If you are filtering past stationary or slow moving traffic, do it with care. The closely packed vehicles reduce your visibility, manoeuvrability and reaction time to a minimum. A lot of drivers will not know that you are there and may move across in front of you or open a door.
The best solution is to avoid a crash or collision in the first instance. But if you are involved in one, the right protective clothing may minimise the extent of your injuries - especially serious grazes, cuts and burns by skidding along the road surface.More information on motorcycle safety can be found on the ROSPA website