Anyone who rides a motorcycle or scooter knows that they can be the fastest way from A to B. Riding them is also exhilarating. And word is getting around - more and more people are taking up motorcycling. But with traffic conditions these days, it's more important than ever that you can deal with the unexpected.


This page offers some tips for safer riding. Take a look even if you've been riding for years. Injuries are rising. Make sure you don't end up as a statistic.

Whether you ride to get to work, are an enthusiast riding every day, or just get your bike out on a sunny day - make sure it doesn't happen to you.


Riding skills

To keep out of trouble YOU'VE GOT TO BE GOOD.

If you're already good, make yourself better. The best motorcyclists ride defensively so they are less likely to have accidents. We all meet idiots on the road and motorcyclists are vulnerable to their mistakes. Those with good defensive skills ride like they expect to meet one every second. They are in control, so they enjoy more relaxed riding.


Make sure you:

  • Anticipate the actions of motorists.
  • Are alert and observant. Important when you are negotiating junctions or roundabouts; and when you need to look out for other vulnerable road users - children, pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
  • Ride at a speed that will enable you to slow down and stop in good time. The unexpected can happen. And ride according to the conditions: slow down if it's wet, foggy or icy.
  • Position yourself in the best place. Usually the middle of the lane. But take up your road position in good time before turning right or left, showing others what you aim to do.
  • Overtake safely. Can you see hazards? Is there a bend or a junction? Can you overtake without speeding up or swerving too much?
  • Take a 'lifesaver' glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres when you need to know where other drivers are and what they are doing.
  • Are seen. Dipped headlights, even in good daylight, can help you to be seen.
  • Sometimes other drivers will wind you up. But if you act aggressively you may have to pay the penalty. Count to 10 and congratulate yourself on your cool-headedness. And however tempted you are, don't race on public roads. Save it for the race track.


Professional Riders

If you are a professional rider, check out your industry's Code of Practice. The Despatch Association's Courier Code applies to despatch riders and the Pizza and Pasta Association has its own code for home delivery operators. The Government recognises and supports both.


Talk to your employer about getting the right motorcycle training. If your employer can't help find out for yourself.


The information for this page has been taken from the Think Road Safety website and we acknowledge any copyright.


Further information and advice about riding a motorcycle can be found at the Think! and the Highway Code websites.