Last year 10 motorcyclists were killed on Northern Ireland’s roads and already this year 10 have tragically lost their lives. This makes motorcyclists one of the most vulnerable groups on our roads.
5 WAYS TO BIKE SAFELY
1. THINK AHEAD – IT’S NOT JUST YOU WHO CRASHES
If you were to be killed or seriously injured in a motorcycle crash what impact would it have on your family and friends? Think about everyone you love before you set off – BIKE SAFELY.
2. SLOW DOWN!
Excessive speed is the single biggest killer of motorcyclists. Never go faster than the speed limits and go slower if the conditions require it.
3. NEVER EVER DRINK AND RIDE!
Every drink increases your risk of crashing. If you kill someone by drinking and riding you face up to 14 years in prison and a lifetime of shame.
4. NEVER TAKE RISKS
Especially when overtaking. Always concentrate and never take your eyes of the consequences.
5. REMEMBER – PROTECTION IS CRUCIAL TO STAYING ALIVE
- ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET – It’s not just the law, a helmet could save your life in a crash.
- ALWAYS WEAR PROPER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING – Rule 84 of The Highway Code NI says you should wear regulation eye protectors, ear protectors, strong boots, gloves and suitable clothing which may help protect you if you are involved in a crash.
- BE SAFE, BE SEEN – During the day wear a light or brightly coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing or strips. Dipped headlights, even in good daylight, may help make you more visible. When riding in the dark wear reflective clothing or strips to improve your visibility. These reflect the light from the headlamps of other vehicles, making you visible from a long distance. The best advice is to wear high quality fluorescent by day, reflective at night – or better still, both.
To refresh your skills and become a safer rider check out The BIKESAFE Course.
Share this page with all your friends and family whether they are drivers, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists because EVERY road death is one too many.
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First published: 06/03/2014
Last updated: 07/08/2014