As we get in to the nicer weather, you’ll start to see more motorbikes out on the roads. Make sure you always Think Bike before you make any move on the road – especially when you’re driving an unfamiliar hire vehicle.
This is good advice for all types of driving. Make sure you know exactly what’s happening all around you when you’re driving, and get a clear view of what’s happening in your blind spots before you make a move on the road.
We’re sure you all check your mirrors before pulling out or manoeuvring on the road. To help keep bikers and cyclists safe, check twice before moving, to make sure one hasn’t appeared unexpectedly on the road around you.
If you can’t see around the bend ahead, slow down a little in case you need to react quickly to a bike or any other hazard the corner could be hiding.
Make sure you and your passengers have checked for bikes before opening doors to exit or enter the vehicle.
Driver fatigue is one of the biggest causes of road accidents. If you’ve not had enough sleep, you’re not safe to get behind the wheel. Fatigued drivers have slower reaction times and impaired judgements that can prove fatal.
If you’re following a bike, leave plenty of distance to allow them space to slow down for hazards on the road in front. They’re more likely to need to avoid puddles and pot holes than you are in your larger vehicle.
Motorbikes could be on your left or right, so check both sets of mirrors before you move.
If you follow these simple tips, you can help keep all road users safe when you’re out and about. Remember to always Think Bike before making a move on the road, keep your distance, and use your mirrors regularly.
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