ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to reduce motorcycle casualties during the current summer riding season. Several weeks of lockdown have meant a slow start for many riders, and GEM is urging every motorcyclist to stay legal, stay safe and focus on boosting skills.
Knowing your own limits is a vital component of being a safe, responsible rider, says GEM.
GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: â€œThereâ€™s a lot of satisfaction to be gained from riding a motorcycle with skill and precision. But if youâ€™re riding at speed, there is no margin for error if you â€“ or another road user near you â€“ gets something wrong.
â€œWeâ€™re encouraging riders to give themselves a â€˜skills MOTâ€™ – particularly in view of the delays and restrictions endured by so many riders in the months when they might otherwise expect to be out on their machines. We also appeal to drivers and pedestrians to make a special point of looking out for motorcyclists, especially at junctions. After all, itâ€™s here around 30 riders are killed or injured every day. ”
Follow GEMâ€™s five simple â€˜lifesaverâ€™ safety tips and reduce the risk of being involved in a collision:
If youâ€™ve had your bike in the garage for a long time, invest in a refresher day with a training professional. Search online for motorcycle training days or consult your local club or advanced motorcyclistsâ€™ group.
Make sure you take time to warm up, especially if you are not a regular rider and not â€˜bike fitâ€™.
Ensure self-preservation is your priority. The predominant cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure of car drivers to detect and recognise motorcycles in traffic. So wear high visibility clothing on all journeys, and ride in a way that gives others a better chance of seeing you.
Donâ€™t ride beyond your comfort zone, especially if youâ€™re riding in a group. If your friends are cornering too quickly for you, let them go and join them at the next junction.
Try not to dwell on your errors as go along. Plan 10 to 15 seconds ahead, anticipate the next hazards. When you stop for a break, reflect on anything that didnâ€™t go to plan, ask what you have learnt and how you can reduce the chance of the same thing happening again.
Finally, GEM is asking all other road users to keep a good look-out for motorcyclists.
â€œThe roads are there for us all to use, so do get into the habit of expecting to see motorcycles on a journey,â€ added Neil Worth. â€œIt may seem an easy and obvious step, but it has significant potential in terms of helping to reduce motorcyclist injuries.
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