Injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 19% of all road user deaths. We always ensure we teach our pupils motorcycle safety, many of our Blackpool driving instructors ride motorcycles and can advise you further on safety and awareness.
Here is the latest video by DOE Road Safety “Bike Aware” Motorcyclist safety campaign…
Here are a few simple ways of avoiding crashes with motorcyclists:
THINK! take longer to look for bikes:
Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you’re approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too.
Keep your distance
Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist.
Check for bikes when changing lanes
A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot.
Check for bikes when turning
Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.
Motorcyclists might pass you on either side
Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right.
Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door – and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars.
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