Motorcyclists are over-represented in all crash statistics in Tasmania. Motorcycles account for about 3 percent of registered vehicles but 22 percent of serious casualties in the five years to 31 December 2012.
Safe riding tips
- Wear highly visible safety gear – always wear an approved helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and pants. Wearing the right protective clothing can significantly reduce injury in a crash, help you be seen by others, and protect you from the weather.
- Assume drivers can’t see you. Ride as if you cannot be seen by other motorists.
- Remember the two- to three-second rule – keep a safe distance from other vehicles at the front, back and sides. This gives you more visibility and more time to react in hazardous situations.
- Keep your motorcycle roadworthy. Your bike should be checked regularly, especially lights, brakes, tyres, steering and horn.
- Ride to the conditions. Don’t push the limits and ride to a speed that suits the road and weather conditions. Slowing down could save your life.
- Riding a motorcycle is never risk free, but you should aim to ride ‘low risk’. A low risk rider has good observation, speed management, road positioning, decision making and hazard perception skills.
- Select a safe gap when turning, overtaking or changing lanes.
- Be aware of potential hazards such as blind corners, blocked intersections, crests, poor weather conditions, tailgating, and other road users. Maintain a crash avoidance space.
- Position for curves and bends – starting curves wide will improve your vision. Planning to finish them in tight will help you get your speed right and allow you room for slight errors. Ride the curve at a speed you can handle.
- Ride your own ride. Don’t try to keep up with friends who may be more experienced. Know your personal limits.