Safety advice for motorcycle pillion passengers.
Whether you’re riding as a pillion passenger for the first time or have vast experience you need to have complete trust in the attitude and riding skills of the person in charge of the motorcycle. Your life is in their hands.
The importance of safety gear
It’s the law that everyone on a motorcycle wears a properly fastened, approved crash helmet at all times.
We also recommend that as a pillion passenger you should wear approved motorcycle personal protective equipment (PPE), including jacket and trousers, protective gloves an motorcycle boots.
It’s critically important that you avoid wearing loose clothing or scarves which could be dislodged by the wind and catch in the bike or obstruct the rider’s view of the road. You should never do anything which would distract the rider.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is there to protect and save you and your motorcycle rider
Motorcycle safety gear. Personal protection equipment (PPE) for motorcyclists includes helmet, gloves, jacket and trousers suitable for all weather conditions.
Is the motorcyclist safe and socially responsible?
Before getting on the back of a motorcycle, ask yourself the following important questions. Your life may depend on the answers.
It’s best practice for a motorcyclist to fully brief the pillion passenger before a journey to ensure you understand the safety precautions. As a pillion passenger you will affect the balance, steering, acceleration and braking efficiency of the motorcycle. If a pillion fidgets, moves about or leans the wrong way, it creates a hazard that could result in a crash. Always keep both feet firmly on the foot rests at all times and alert the rider before mounting or dismounting the bike.