We’ve put together this blog about the most common types of motorcycle crashes and how you can avoid them based on the experiences and tips of our motorcycling clients.
Collisions at Junctions
These most often happen at T-junctions but can happen at other junctions too, often because drivers fail to give way or stop. Sometimes, drivers do not see a rider (even though they wearing high visibility clothing) or misjudge the time it takes the rider to arrive at the junction. Research shows that drivers have difficulty spotting a bike approaching, judging its speed correctly and estimating its time of arrival.
Try to see where the driver’s eyes are pointing and whether its wheels are beginning to turn. Consider how you would deal safely with the vehicle unexpectedly pulling out in front of you.
Collisions while Overtaking
Overtaking requires both skills, knowledge of your bike’s acceleration and good judgment of speed and distance. To overtake safely you need a view of everything going on around you and places where vehicles may be hidden from your view. For example, there could be a high-speed vehicle approaching from a junction that you won’t be able to spot. You also need to consider how the driver or rider you are overtaking will react. You can’t assume they will slow down to let you in.
Bends on Country Roads
Most of us do our training in cities, not country roads. Country roads are different in so many ways to the city roads we are used to, so we need to apply our knowledge and skill in a completely different way. Some bends are smooth and even, others can tighten up dramatically. If you enter a bend at too high a speed you will find yourself with a major problem.
Take care and remember things may not be as they first appear. If in any doubt, lose more speed before the bend so you have greater room for maneuvering safely, without having to brake on the bend itself.
Part of the challenge of riding a motorbike is adjusting your riding to deal with different road conditions. The most common ones that lead to riders losing control of their bikes are:
- poor weather conditions
- painted road marking
Look out for these conditions and road signs warning you of hazards ahead as well as any other clues to hazards; for example, where lorries turn, there may be diesel spills, where there are building sites, or farm and field entrances, there may be mud. Even new road surfaces can be slippery under certain conditions.
Always allow yourself sufficient time and space to see what is ahead of you so you can always take avoiding action. Your safety will depend on the circumstances around the hazard, such as road conditions, weather, the limitations of your bike, and your skill and fitness as a rider.