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   Advice for Car Drivers - Watch Out for Motorcyclists

Advice for Car Drivers - Watch Out for Motorcyclists - THINK!


Injuries and Motorcyclists

Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year on our roads. Motorcyclists seem to suffer disproportionately. They represent less than 1% of road traffic but account for 17% of deaths and serious injuries. They are forty times more likely to be killed than a car driver. As a motorist you can help to lower this terrible toll. Take a few moments to read the tips on this page and become more motorcycle aware.


LOOK OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS! - Motorcyclists Ride Differently

Motorcycles are different from cars and other traffic in a few important ways. They can make quicker progress, especially through slow moving traffic. That's one main reason as to why people buy them. It might be frustrating to see motorcycles weaving through traffic queues when you are stuck. But even if you think they are riding dangerously, a hostile reaction will make a bad situation worse. You have to check your mirrors regularly and always give motorcycles room. Motorcyclists are so vulnerable and cannot avoid hazards as quickly, especially in wet or greasy conditions. An accident which might not hurt you in your car can kill or seriously injure a motorcyclist.

When emerging from a side road, be careful if there are parked cars or large vehicles obstructing your view of a motorcyclist. Before you turn left, make sure a motorcyclist isn't on your inside, and before turning right, make sure a motorcyclist isn't on your outside. Give motorbike riders room at roundabouts. Don't squeeze motorcyclists' space at traffic lights. It can make them accelerate faster to get a lane.
Give motorcycle riders as much room as you would a car. They might need it to avoid - a pothole, a manhole cover, a loose surface. Don't overtake them when you can't give enough room - for example, where the road narrows. Don't overtake when approaching a junction. After parking your vehicle, check for motorcyclists before opening your door, and always get passengers behind you to do the same. When pulling away from the kerb, look out for motorcycles they can be hard to see. If you drive too close it can intimidate an inexperienced motorbike rider. They could make a mistake. A motorcyclist might be in the lane you want to move into. Look out. Are they already there or approaching quickly?


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