While motorcyclists made up just 10% (16,224) of the 153,158 road casualties in Great Britain in 2019, with this number down by 4% from the previous year. However, the statistics show that motorcyclists have the highest accident and injury rates per miles travelled of all road users, so there’s clearly a pressing need to be proactive when looking to stay safe out on the road as a motorcyclist.
In this post, we’ll explore this further while asking how you can take steps to remain safe on the road as a brand new motorcyclist.
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1. Buy a Motorbike that You Can Handle
If you intend to ride your motorcycle on a regular basis, it’s imperative that you invest in a vehicle that you’re able to handle every single day. This is especially relevant if you plan to commute to and from work on a daily basis, as this will require you to ride in challenging conditions and congested roads.
Similarly, you should also tailor your choice of bike to suit the precise circumstances in which you intend to ride.
For example, those of you who only ride at the weekends or on a closed track (in addition to those who commute) are unlikely to benefit from owning a big touring bike, so you’ll need to manage your expectations when shopping for the first time.
2. Get the Right Insurance Coverage
Your choice of bike will also impact on the cost of insurance, as larger, more fuel-intensive vehicles will incur a significant price premium. By creating more competitively priced insurance products with the right choice of bike, you can also achieve better value for money and remain within your budget without compromising on the overall quality of coverage.
More specifically, you’ll be able to target policies that optimise coverage, by protecting you in the event of poor road conditions, equipment failure and accidents caused by the reckless actions of another road user. This will create genuine peace of mind, potentially making you a less nervous rider when out on the road.
3. Wear the Right Safety Gear and Keep Your Bike Well Maintained
Ultimately, road safety as a new motorcyclist requires you to take small but incremental steps to protect yourself, starting with the safety gear that you wear while out on the road. As a bare minimum, you’ll need to wear riding gloves, leathers and a helmet, in order to safeguard different areas of your body in the relatively rare event of an injury.
It’s also important to ensure the safety and viability of your motorcycle, by performing regular and scheduled maintenance checks that allow you to actively identify potential issues before they become too problematic.
This will be in addition to unscheduled maintenance, which will be required in the event of any damage being incurred while out on the road.
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