Ride safely

  • Operating a motorcycle is more tiring than driving a car and you will tire more quickly – on a long trip take regular breaks
  • Wind, cold and rain make you tire more quickly.  Make sure your motorcycle clothing is warm and invest in a windshield – it’s worth the cost if you plan on riding long distances
  • Give yourself space and time to respond to other motorists’ actions
  • Give other motorists time and space to respond to you
  • Ride in the middle of your lane where you can be seen and in a position that maximises your view of the road ahead
  • Keep an eye-out for turning vehicles
  • Avoid weaving between lanes
  • Don’t ride when you are tired – you need to concentrate at all times
  • Don’t ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Presume that someone or something is around every bend and over every brow and slow down appropriately. You can never know what’s around the corner, even if you know the road
  • Stick to the speed limit; there’s a limit for a reason
  • Ride at a safe speed for both the road and the weather conditions. You should be able to slow down and stop within the distance you can see is clear
  • In the wet, leave a four-second gap between you and the vehicle in front – much more in icy conditions
  • Take regular breaks and stay fresh and alert
  • Slow right down for bends – enter the bend slowly and then accelerate gently out of it.
  • Group Riding
  • Get ready for the roads