A motorcyclist’s face may be hidden from view but you should never forget that there is a person underneath the helmet. Remember that underneath is someone’s father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, uncle, aunt, a best friend.
Rule 211 of The Highway Code NI says that it is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic.
So when you’re driving always take another look:
- When you emerge from a junction – a motorcyclist could be approaching faster than you think.
- When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic – look out for motorcyclists on the inside of the traffic you are crossing.
- Be especially careful when turning right and when changing direction or lane.
- Be sure to check mirrors and blind spots carefully.
Plus, when you’re passing motorcyclists, give them plenty of room. If they look over their shoulder it could mean that they intend to pull out, turn right or change direction. Always give them time and space to do so.
Be Bike Aware. Take another look.
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First published: 07/03/2014
Last updated: 07/08/2014