Drivers and Riders Urged to Keep Safe
by Henry Floyd |
posted 06 April 2017
A moment’s lack of attention from a driver can spell disastrous consequences for a motorcyclist. GEM Motoring Assist, the road safety organisation is urging drivers to take little extra care at junctions and reduce collisions with motorcyclists.
“Around 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions,” said GEM road safety officer Neil Worth. “Usually because of a driver observation error.” Experts have pointed out that drivers are poor at identifying motorcyclists because they occupy such a small part of their field of vision. That’s why taking that little extra time is so important.
Of course, as the weather warms up there are more weekend riders on our roads, which increases the risk of an accident. “So before pulling out of junctions,” advises Worth, “look carefully all around. Make a specific check for motorcyclists coming towards you. If you’re expecting them to be there, then you’re far more likely to see them in good time… and prevent a potentially serious collision.”
And some important tips for riders?
Ride a well-maintained bike that is the right size and power for you to handle. Ride defensively. You need to be extra alert. Anticipate cars suddenly changing direction or pulling out from side streets. Expect them not to see you. And don’t tailgate; always keep a safe distance.
Wear the right gear, including a full-face helmet – always. Watch out for road hazards such as sand, wet leaves, bumps and potholes or things like gravel and lose stones. All these make the bike less stable. Slow-down in advance.
Make sure you do a quick walk-around of your bike before every journey to check that your lights, horn, and directional signals are working properly. And keep your tyres properly inflated and your brakes in good condition.