Crime Prevention & Community Safety
Release date: Thu 29 March 2007
Last updated: Thu 12 September 2013
Motorcycle riders need to be aware of a number of unique factors when on the road, such as driving and road surface conditions, staying visible to other drivers and predicting driver behaviour.
There are a number of steps that a motorcycle rider can take to stay safe on the road, such as:
- Before departing, be aware of the road surface and any dangerous driving conditions that may affect your ride.
- Take notice of your surroundings.
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles and roadside objects.
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing, use lights and ride in the correct position on the road.
- Be predictable, indicate, and keep pace with the traffic. Don't accelerate suddenly.
- Learn how other road users think and respond.
- Ride in a manner appropriate to the road conditions.
- Consider advanced training.
- Ensure that protective clothing is worn.
While riders can do many things to reduce the risk of a crash, there are also simple actions that drivers can take, including:
- Indicating your intention to turn or change lanes well in advance.
- When changing lanes, use mirrors and head checks to make sure blind spots are clear.
- Give motorcyclists enough room to manoeuvre.
- Make eye contact with riders, so they know they've been seen.
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