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Motorcycle safety checklist

Helmet

Your most important piece of kit. Make sure the fit is snug and the helmet is in good condition. Keep the visor clean; carry a can of spray cleaner and a duster. If it’s scratched, replace it.

In the spring of 2008 a new testing scheme was launched by Government, which rates the safety of motorcycle helmets. The Safety Helmet and Assessment Rating Programme (SHARP) now offers riders information on how well each helmet performs in an impact. The helmets are awarded a star rating from one to five, with five being the highest score.

The SHARP website gives ratings of a wide range of helmet types, at a range of different prices. http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/

 

Clothing

You need boots, trousers, gloves and a jacket to keep you dry, warm and, should the worse happen, safe. These need to be made and designed for the purpose. You will get hot in the summer but do not be tempted to ride without any of these items. Your local dealer will you give you plenty of friendly help and advice.

 

Tyres

Check air pressure and tread before every ride. Also check your tyres for potential dangers like nails.

 

Fluids

Check fuel, oil, brake fluid and coolant (where applicable).

 

Lights

Check brake lights, indicators, head and tail lights.

 

Group Riding

Requires skill and practice to be done safely. Must be done in a lawful manner. Set a suitable pace for the least experienced rider in the group. Develop a system which allows the group to stay together. Arrange frequent places to stop and get together to check everyone is OK. If someone in your group drives dangerously and puts the group or themselves at risk, tell them. It is no point wishing you had when it has all gone wrong.