Top 10 safety tips
- Be vigilant. Look into the far, middle and near distance, and behind you, using your mirrors and checking over your shoulders, before changing position or turning.
- Keep your distance. In wet or icy conditions, always leave a bigger gap.
- Be seen. Make sure your position is correct. Use dipped headlights and wear high visibility clothing (such as a neon vest and ‘Sam Browne’ reflective belt).
- Avoid surprising others. Never do anything on the road that could cause another road user to slow down, brake or swerve or that could startle pedestrians.
- Think like other road users. Anticipate how they might react.
- Read the road. Ride to current road, weather and traffic conditions.
- Match your speed to the conditions. Never let others dictate your pace.
- Never ride your bike after consuming alcohol or drugs.
- Maintain your bike properly. Regularly check petrol, oil, water, damage, electrics and tyres.
- Take lessons from an experienced instructor. See every ride as a chance to improve your skills.
Wear appropriate clothing and a secure helmet every time you get on your bike.
- Jackets and trousers should give you enough protection from impact, abrasion, cold and weather conditions.
- Use body armour on vulnerable areas such as the back, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips and shins. This should be adjustable so it fits snugly and does not move in a crash.
- You should wear a good reflective jacket to make you more visible on the road.
- Wear protective gloves, and footwear that at least comes above the ankle.