ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is keen to reduce motorcycle casualties during the current summer riding season. Several weeks of lockdown have meant a slow start for many riders, and GEM is urging every motorcyclist to stay legal, stay safe and focus on boosting skills.
Knowing your own limits is a vital component of being a safe, responsible rider, says GEM.
GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: “There’s a lot of satisfaction to be gained from riding a motorcycle with skill and precision. But if you’re riding at speed, there is no margin for error if you – or another road user near you – gets something wrong.
“We’re encouraging riders to give themselves a ‘skills MOT’ – particularly in view of the delays and restrictions endured by so many riders in the months when they might otherwise expect to be out on their machines. We also appeal to drivers and pedestrians to make a special point of looking out for motorcyclists, especially at junctions. After all, it’s here around 30 riders are killed or injured every day. ”
Follow GEM’s five simple ‘lifesaver’ safety tips and reduce the risk of being involved in a collision:
- If you’ve had your bike in the garage for a long time, invest in a refresher day with a training professional. Search online for motorcycle training days or consult your local club or advanced motorcyclists’ group.
- Make sure you take time to warm up, especially if you are not a regular rider and not ‘bike fit’.
- Ensure self-preservation is your priority. The predominant cause of motorcycle crashes is the failure of car drivers to detect and recognise motorcycles in traffic. So wear high visibility clothing on all journeys, and ride in a way that gives others a better chance of seeing you.
- Don’t ride beyond your comfort zone, especially if you’re riding in a group. If your friends are cornering too quickly for you, let them go and join them at the next junction.
- Try not to dwell on your errors as go along. Plan 10 to 15 seconds ahead, anticipate the next hazards. When you stop for a break, reflect on anything that didn’t go to plan, ask what you have learnt and how you can reduce the chance of the same thing happening again.
Finally, GEM is asking all other road users to keep a good look-out for motorcyclists.
“The roads are there for us all to use, so do get into the habit of expecting to see motorcycles on a journey,” added Neil Worth. “It may seem an easy and obvious step, but it has significant potential in terms of helping to reduce motorcyclist injuries.
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Notes for editors
GEM Motoring Assist provides two levels of recovery service; Recovery EXTRA and Recovery RECLAIM, to suit all needs and pockets.
GEM provides a unique, comprehensive and competitively-priced Roadside Assistance and Vehicle Recovery Service. GEM has been voted number one for Breakdown Cover in the 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Auto Express Driver Power Survey, and runners-up in 2012, 2009 and 2016. GEM breakdown cover has also been awarded a 5 star rating by Defaqto, meaning GEM provides one of the highest quality offerings in the market. In May 2018, GEM became a Which? Recommended Provider after coming first in their survey of breakdown recovery providers.
GEM Motoring Assist was established in 1932, as an independent driver-based road safety association. GEM’s aim is to improve safety for all road users through the sponsorship and initiation of accident prevention measures throughout the UK and to provide motoring and safety information to its own members. Member benefits include a quarterly magazine, free literature and advice and discounts on insurances and other services.
Press information: Neil Worth, Road Safety and Motoring Information Officer, is available for comment on 01342-825676 (office) or 07798 663663 (mobile). Neil has worked within policing and community safety for more than 20 years.
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