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

Further information

The Road Safety Authority has produced 2 publications on safety for motorcyclists:

Sharing the road: Advice for Motorcyclists (pdf)

This is your Bike (pdf)

Page edited: 31 March 2014