- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 04 June 2014
There are few things in life that beat the thrill of riding your own motorbike, but while it’s fantastic fun, it can also be dangerous. So, here’s a few riding tips to help you stay safe while on the road.
Prepare yourself and your bike
Before any ride, make sure you and your bike are well-prepared. No matter how far you’re travelling, you should always be wearing the appropriate gear. This includes a helmet, gloves, suitable footwear and long trousers. Always take the weather into account; if it’s raining, for example, your clothing should be waterproof.
Your bike should be well prepped, too. Check oil and fluid levels, lights, electrics, brakes and drive chain if your bike has one. Pay particular attention to the tyres because it’s not just a case of changing it with the spare if you get a puncture like you can in a car.
Be extra cautious of cars
A worrying number of motorbike/car collisions are caused by drivers not looking in their mirrors, so as a general rule it’s a good idea to assume that no one uses them. This may seem a little extreme but it will help you to become extra vigilant when dealing with cars. Make sure you avoid blind spots, keep a suitable distance between other vehicles and always expect other drivers to act irrationally. This may seem like a strenuous task at first, but it will soon become second nature and will go a long way towards ensuring your safety on the roads.
Pay attention to the road
It sounds obvious, but make sure you pay extra attention to the physical road when riding, particularly in the wet. Look out for oil patches (rainbows), obstructions, manhole covers, zebra crossings, white lines, shiny tarmac and icy patches in colder months, as riding over these could have fatal consequences.
If you are feeling tired or unwell - stop. Tiredness significantly slows down reaction times, so it’s important that you rest before travelling the remainder of your journey. If it’s cold and wet it will give you a chance to thaw out before continuing your journey.