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How to Stay Extra Safe When Riding a Motorcycle

It takes some time to get used to feeling confident when driving a motorcycle, especially if you just passed your licence. However, even if you have some riding experience, you need to be extra safe whilst on a motorcycle as it takes different skills and it may be not as safe as driving a car.

However, with common sense, riding a motorcycle does not have to be scary as there are many things motorcyclists can do to keep themselves safe and enjoy the ride.
 

Wear the Right Helmet

It probably seems obvious because it is the only piece of protective clothing you legally have to wear, but you may not know how important a helmet is. The most frequent cause of death in motorcycle accidents are head injuries. And that is why wearing a helmet that meets British Safety Standards and that fits properly is the most important thing you can do to stay safe while riding a motorcycle. The Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme (SHARP) has a list of approved helmets and their protections ratings.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

We’ve all seen people on motorcycles or scooters in jeans, shorts, trainers or even flip flops. Protective gear and clothing is necessary for a motorcycle rider in order to minimize the number of injuries in case of an accident or a skid. Wearing strong protective clothing, boots with non-skid soles, and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries. A high vis jacket or bib or clothing with reflective tape can have the great benefit of making it easier for other drivers to see you on the road in the dark.

Obey the Speed Limit

You should always keep in mind that the faster you go, the longer it will take for you to stop, especially during wet and icy conditions, the roads can get slippery, even if you may think it is not. And the stopping time is not only longer for you, but for other drivers too. While it is the responsibility of other vehicle drivers to take longer to check for bikes at junctions, if you are speeding, it is more difficult for them to do so. Always keep in mind that although it may be the fault of another driver, they have a vehicle to protect them where you do not.

Choose a Motorcycle Within Your Riding Ability

When you first start riding, you will have to decide what type of motorcycle to choose. Many riders want a big and powerful motorcycle, however, your skills, knowledge and experience may not be sufficient for you to control a more powerful motorcycle if something unexpected happens on the road. Always choose a motorbike that is appropriate for your riding ability and progress gradually.

Use DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enhanced rider scheme checks your motorcycle riding skills and provides training to help you improve. There is never too much knowledge when it comes to safe riding!

Check the Forecast

Weather is a big factor in your safety. Wet or icy roads and high winds can increase the risk at least twice when you are on two wheels as there may be a lack of grip and stability. If heavy rain, strong winds, snow or ice are predicted, the best option may be to say no to going for that ride. If you absolutely must ride, you must go slowly, leave plenty of space for stopping, keep your distance from other drivers and make sure you are as visible as possible.
Our courses are provided by exceptionally gifted instructors who will share their knowledge and will make sure that you are ready for the road once you pass your license. Find out which course is suitable for you or give us a call on 0208 524 9223 for more information.​