(PRWEB UK) 10 January 2013
Even the most experienced bikers are at increased risk of accidents during the darkest and coldest months of the year. Recent reports show 2012 was the second wettest on record, however, with due care and preparation winter night rides can remain both rewarding and enjoyable.
‘It’s in the winter months when bikers are often riding in the dark that we see a rise in claims. We encourage all motorcyclists to carefully consider the conditions before heading out on a ride and to take extra care when they do’ says Alan Griffett of MotorCycle Direct. He continues ‘to help keep you safe we have compiled some safety conscious pointers which we hope will keep you out and riding safely!”
The Department for Transport Statistics reported that in 2011, 27% of all accidents happened in the dark. Considering that the winter months discourage many motorcyclists from venturing out, this is a staggering figure.
In an attempt to reduce this, MotorCycle Direct have collaborated with ROSPA and some of their motorcycling friends to create hints and tips for bikers who still wish to venture out at night and the best ways for them to stay safe.
Bikers are urged to consider the reduced visibility which may make it difficult to see hazards in the road such as potholes, objects and particularly sharp corners. The darkness makes it even more necessary for bikers to be conscious of their speed and to anticipate the need to slow down more quickly. Not only is it more difficult for bikers to see the road but also for others to see them and so investing in suitable reflective clothing is a must.
Attitudes to speed should be addressed as a priority. In the dark it is more important than ever to keep suitable distances from other vehicles and slow down in advance for corners. Distances can be deceiving in the dark and the combination of sudden braking and possible ice could be disastrous.
Be prepared for every eventuality. Even though a ride may only be planned for daylight hours, many things could happen which delay the return journey. It pays to have thought ahead and have warm and reflective clothing to hand. It’s not only riders that can be made more visible but the bike too. It goes without saying that headlights should be used but what is often overlooked is that they are much more effective when clean and that their lifetime is not guaranteed, so carry spares!
Tiredness impacts all of the above as it slows reactions, inhibits awareness and can result in poor judgement. If you are unsure whether you should be riding don’t take a risk. This is even more important for any inexperienced motorcyclists. For anyone who would like to build their confidence when riding at night there are extra qualifications that can help. For more information about any of these tips, feel free to contact MCD with any questions. This year, let’s try to break the mould and reduce the number of motorcyclists in accidents at night.