The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is urging riders to follow
basic riding advice as the weather changes and darker days create more
hazardous driving conditions.
Government statistics show on an average weekday around half of all
collisions with motorcycles happen during the morning and evening peak
traffic periods when the light is poor. As the winter approaches and it
gets dark earlier and the weather deteriorates the risk of accidents is
Studies and surveys also reveal that in motorcycle accidents in urban
areas around two-thirds of motorcycle accidents other road users,
usually car drivers, were involved. In rural areas about half of
accidents involve another vehicle.
In the autumn and winter, adverse weather such as rain, snow and ice
create problems as riders are forced to go slower or use more space for
turning. The weather is also very changeable and unpredictable. In the
darker mornings and evenings it is more difficult to see riders among
the glare of headlights and low winter sun can also be hazardous.
Research has found that riders who are more conspicuous are less likely
to be involved in an accident and for example a study carried out in
New Zealand found riders who had headlights on in the day were 27% less
likely to be involved in an accident.
Craig Carey-Clinch Director of Public Affairs said, "Two-thirds of
motorcycle accidents in urban areas involve another vehicle and as
winter approaches it is essential that all road users act responsibly
and follow simple safety advice that could save a life.
"Wearing the correct kit is an easy way for riders to be less vulnerable
on the roads. As more than half of accidents are caused by drivers who
suffer from the 'Sorry Mate I Didn't See You There' syndrome it is down
to riders to be more aware on the roads and take precautionary steps to
reduce the risk of an accident."
The MCI advises riders to follow these tips help reduce motorcycle
- Turn your lights on before it is fully dark - check lights weekly
- Reduce speed in adverse weather conditions - fog, rain and ice
- Wear the correct kit to make you more visible and keep your visor clean
- Carry water proofs in case of rain
- Keep warm and wear layers - a cold body will not react as quickly
- Check tyres - ensure they are at correct pressure
- Don't assume that car drivers have seen you