Top 5 Motorcycle Safety Tips

Top 5 Motorcycle Safety Tips

23 June 2015, by Anders Riise Koch

Riding a motorcycle can be thrilling but also comes with a level of risk. Our top 5 motorcycle safety tips will help you stay safe on the road.


1. Invest in a high quality helmet.


Protecting your head by using a high quality helmet can greatly reduce the risk of brain injury and death in the case of an accident. Helmets come in many shapes and sizes. In the UK, two different minimum safety standards are observed. These are the UK BS6658:1985 specification or the EU ECE22.05 specification.

However, these safety standards only designate the minimum safety level that a helmet must be built towards. In response to this, the government has set up the SHARP scheme, which performs crash tests to test the efficiency of each motorcycle helmet. You can visit the SHARP website to view the full list of helmets with a 5 star safety rating.  

2. Make sure you wear the right protective clothing.


Motorcycles are powerful vehicles and although it might be tempting to wear your everyday clothes, this can be dangerous and cause life changing injuries. There’s a huge selection of protective motorcycle gear and it can be daunting to find the gear that’s right for your individual needs. As cool as you may look in all black leather, it can be hard for other motorists to spot you on the road. Therefore, it is recommended to select motorcycle gear in bright colours.


3. Educate your passengers


Riding with another passenger clinging onto you can be a fun experience. Riding with additional weight on the bike can take some time to get used to. So make sure that your passenger is wearing the appropriate motorcycle gear and that you go for a practice run in a low-speed environment before hitting the motorway.


4. Keep an eye on the weather.


Riding your motorbike in the rain is much harder than riding under normal conditions. In addition, going at 60mph against the rain can be a painful experience. When riding in poor weather conditions, make sure you keep your speed down and that you leave additional braking distance between you and other vehicles.


5. Keep your eye on the road.


Although it may be tempting to switch on your MP3 player as you zoom down the motorway, you have to remember that it can be difficult for cars and lorries to spot motorcycle drivers. We therefore recommend you keep your eyes and your mind firmly focused on the road.


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