Owning a motorbike can be a childhood dream fulfilled or the desire for a more practical mode of transport. Either way, being on a bike tends to conjure passion and a real love of travelling.
There's something about those two wheels that evokes images of freedom — driving off into the sunset, hearing the wind rush past you.
But as cool as motorbikes may be, they can also be seen as a dangerous type of transportation:
But there are things motorcyclists can do to increase their safety when out on their bikes:
Motorcycle safety's evolved significantly over the years — long gone are the leather helmets. Whilst wearing the right gear might not seem that cool, it could save your life.
Although safety gear's become more sophisticated over the years, make sure you know how to ride properly.
Riding defensively makes you less vulnerable. This includes anticipating the actions of others, staying alert and observant, and taking a 'lifesaver' glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres.
To improve your performance and safety on the road, it might be worth considering further skills training.
And, of course, there are things drivers can do to avoid any potential motorbike accidents, such as: taking longer to look for bikes when changing lanes, when turning or at junctions; keeping your distance; and checking for motorcyclists before opening your car door.
What motorbike safety stat surprised you the most?