Motorcycle Safety

 The risk of a motorcyclist being killed or injured in road crashes is 21 times higher than for car drivers over the same distance travelled. Riding a motorcycle requires a different set of skills and a higher level of vehicle control than driving a car. The potential outcomes of any crash, whether caused by the rider, other road users, the road environment or the vehicle itself, are more severe for motorcyclists. 

 

At Intersections

Many crashes happen when a driver does not see a motorcyclist, especially at intersections. Here are some helpful hints and tips:

  • Continuously scan ahead for traffic.
  • Always ensure that traffic waiting to turn at the intersection ahead can clearly see you. Be aware that you and your motorcycle might be in the blind spot generated by the vehicle in front.
  • When approaching intersections, you need to be clearly visible to all turning traffic at all times. You may need to adjust your approach position, depending on whether traffic is waiting to turn from the left or the right.

 

Rider Skills Training

Brush up on your riding skills for summer with 8 hours of Ride Forever motorcycle training from $20. You’ll cover the key motorcycle control skills of positioning, speed management, progression, stability, and much more.

From learning how to keep yourself safe on the daily commute to honing the most advanced riding techniques, there’s a Ride Forever course to suit your needs. 

Motorcycle  Safety Gear

Protective gear is a must for every ride. The essential items are:

  • Helmet - by law, you must wear a helmet to protect yourself from head injury.
  • Boots and gloves – to prevent breakages and abrasion.
  • Jacket or leathers – one- or two-piece suits to protect against abrasions.

Motorcycle shops can offer advice on what is right for you. Or find out more about choosing the right gear on the Ride Forever website.

High visibility gear is becoming standard for riders and is easily available. Bright clothing, backpacks and bikes can also improve visibility to car drivers. 

 

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