The Facts

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users.

They make up just one per cent of traffic but account for around 13 per cent of fatalities.

Certain age groups of motorcyclists are more at risk than others.

Around 13% of fatalities are made up of just motorcyclists.

The Risks

Overtaking can be particularly risky. You have to gauge how safe it is to proceed but, if in doubt, don’t’ risk it.

Watch your speed on a left-handed bend.

Check the road surface and the severity of the bend and make sure you’re not going too fast.

Harsh acceleration, excessive braking, going too fast for the conditions, skidding and water or other materials on the road can all make you lose control.

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Related resources

16 November 2012

Why does everyone think motorcyclists arrive late

This resource is a presentation looking into the various risks and factors of road safety. 

20 April 2010

Motorbikes – Biking Tips: Positioning for Double Bends

This resource is a safety video for motorcyclists.