Safety advice for motorcyclists
While motorcyclists represent less than 2% of all licensed vehicle drivers in the country, they account for 12% of road fatalities. Motorcycling can be a safe means of transport but being aware of the various dangers on the road, your own driving style and your obligations as a road user will help to ensure that you travel safely.
As a motorcyclist, you have certain obligations when driving your motorcycle:
- Know the Rules of the Road and be aware of your obligations as a motorcyclist
- Ensure that your motorcycle is roadworthy at all times; this includes ensuring your tyres are of correct tread depth and that all lights and reflectors are functioning correctly
- Wear an approved helmet and protective clothing
- Concentrate when driving 100% of the time
- Try to foresee danger on the road
- Drive at a speed that enables you to stop within the appropriate distance, if you need to stop
- Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Be aware of adverse weather and poor road conditions
- Be visible at all times
- Use your headlights day and night
You must carry a valid driving licence for the correct category of motorcycle.