Motorcyclists account for just 1% of total road traffic, but for 19% of all road user deaths.

Some of the most common reasons for motorcyclist collisions include:

Bends on country roads – reduce your speed before the bend so that you have more room to manoeuvre.

Collisions at junctions – this can be down to a driver failing to give way, stop or misjudging your speed. Always anticipate and consider how you would deal with a vehicle unexpectedly pulling out in front of you.

Collisions while overtaking – overtaking requires skill, judgement and a good knowledge of your bike’s acceleration capacity. Snap decisions to overtake can be dangerous. Don’t overtake when approaching bends, junctions, lay –bys, crossings, hills or dips in the road or where signs/ road markings prohibit you from doing so.

Loss of control – mainly due to two reasons, firstly shunts, riding too close to the vehicle in front, or the vehicle behind you being too close. Secondly, failing to adjust your riding to deal with the different road conditions.

A motorcyclist drives on a public road.
A motorcyclist wearing a helmet.

Personal protective equipment:

Wearing high quality personal protective equipment (PPE) when riding will reduce the risk and severity of an accident, reducing the risk of you being killed or seriously injured on the road.

Wearing the correct PPE is as important to your safety as servicing your bike and knowing how to ride it safely. It’s so important that you invest and wear the correct protective gear.

This ‘Essential Guide to Protective Gear for Bikers’ is a really useful resource produce by Think! to help you with PPE.

Improving your skills

Whatever your age or level of riding experience, everyone can benefit from extra training to improve their safety on the road. Further training can improve skills, refresh knowledge or increase confidence when riding.

Our Fire Bike team is offering a FREE 3 hour ‘Biker Down’ course on accident scene management, First Aid for motorcyclists and the science of being seen. For more information email: