Motorbikes give you the freedom to hit the road solo or with your chosen companion. It’s an exhilarating method of getting from A to B; it doesn’t matter if you’re taking a trip from one end of the country to another or just nipping into town to pick up a bottle of milk, there’s nothing quite like feeling the breeze of the open road and the roar of a motorbike’s engine.
However, as a motorcyclist, you are a vulnerable road user. Riding a motorbike means you are harder to see than cars, plus you are much more exposed with far fewer safety features than a car. Motorcycle insurance is as vital as health insurance. If you are involved in an accident, your motorcycle may come out of it a little worse for wear, which is why we at Cuuver have compiled this list of ways you can stay safe on your cycle.
1. Get the gear
As hard as anybody can try to avoid a motorcycle accident, nobody can be too cautious when it comes to road safety, especially for motorcyclists. That’s why it’s important you are kitted out in the correct safety gear. Before you embark on any journey on your motorbike, you should be wearing a crash helmet, riding boots, gloves and protective, padded body armour.
2. Watch out for obstructions and stopped traffic in front of you
If you see an oil spill on the road, large branches or debris, you should be able to avoid these. Similarly, like all motorists, there will be points where you need to stop suddenly. For motorcyclists, this can be dangerous, because if you hit the back of a car, it could pose a serious threat to your safety. Obey the speed limits and keep an eye out on the brake lights of the car in front of you.
3. Keep checking your mirrors
It’s not just what’s going on in front of you that you need to be paying attention to, you should also be wary of what’s coming up behind you. It’s just as likely a someone will run into you from behind as it is that you will hit someone in front of you, so keep your eyes moving at all times, regularly referring to your rear-view mirrors.
4. Make yourself known
Do everything you can to make yourself visible to other motorists. Make sure your headlight works, make sure your brake light works. You don’t need to wear a bright yellow hi-vis jacket (that might not be seen as too trendy by the biker crowd), but some reflective strips will provide some extra protection.
5. Check rural roads for sharp bends
One of the most common forms of motorcycle accidents are riders coming off their bikes at sharp bends in the road. If you are planning on taking a trip that involves lonely roads, make sure you do a check on Google Earth beforehand to ensure you know the route better. You should also pay real attention to road signs and markings to indicate any unexpected twists you may not have anticipated.
This should not be constructed as advice and is guidance only.