We can all help to reduce motorcycle casualties on our post-lockdown roads.
That’s the message from GEM Motoring Assist, as it publishes five simple ‘lifesaver’ safety tips designed to reduce a rider’s risk of being involved in a collision.
- If you’ve had your bike in the garage for a long time, invest in a refresher day with a training professional.
- Make sure you take time to warm up, especially if you are not a regular rider and not ‘bike fit’.
- Ensure self-preservation is your priority. Wear high visibility clothing on all journeys, and ride in a way that gives others a better chance of seeing you.
- Don’t ride beyond your comfort zone, especially if you’re riding in a group
- Try not to dwell on your errors as you go along. Plan 10 to 15 seconds ahead, anticipate the next hazards
GEM is also asking all other road users to keep a good look-out for motorcyclists – adding the predominant cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure of car drivers to detect and recognise motorcycles in traffic.
Neil Worth, GEM chief executive, said: “There’s a lot of satisfaction to be gained from riding a motorcycle with skill and precision.
“But if you’re riding at speed, there is no margin for error if you – or another road user near you – gets something wrong.
“We’re encouraging riders to give themselves a ‘skills MOT’ – particularly in view of the delays and restrictions endured by so many riders in the months when they might otherwise expect to be out on their machines.
“We also appeal to drivers and pedestrians to make a special point of looking out for motorcyclists, especially at junctions. After all, it’s here around 30 riders are killed or injured every day.”
30 July 2020