Message from the Chief Commissioner

Crime Prevention & Community Safety

Motorcycle safety

Release date: Thu 29 March 2007

Last updated: Fri 22 August 2014

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.

Rider awareness

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. 

Driver awareness

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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