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More Caution Around Motorcyclists Urged

Motorcyclists and road users in Highland Perthshire are being urged to remain aware of the risks on the road and of ways a potential accident can be avoided.

This comes as figures indicate motorbike users make up less than 1% of Scotland’s Road traffic but accounted for 7% of all casualties and 16% of fatalities.

A spokesperson for Perth & Kinross Police said:

“The consequences of being involved in any crash while riding a motorbike can be serious.  Motorbike riders should not overestimate their own abilities and should at all times ride defensively.

“The majority of road crashes are avoidable and often involve basic errors of judgement being made.

“Clothing is particularly important when riding a motorbike.  Your clothing is important for your visibility and for your safety.  During the day you should ensure you are wearing bright or fluorescent colours over your protective clothing and in the evening reflective clothing should be worn.

“A helmet is required by law when riding a motorbike.”

Police Scotland also issued a number of steps to reduce risks:

  • Take time to negotiate bends on rural A roads
  • Take extra care at junctions – remember in a busy environment or built-up areas you could get lost to other drivers in all the activity
  • Take care when overtaking and only overtake when it is safe to do so
  • Know your cycle and how to manage it if you do start to feel like you are losing control.

Accountability for road safety lies with all road users however, not just those using motorbikes and the guidance from Police Scotland also appeals to car users to take precautions and use the roads safely through the following steps:

  • Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you’re approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too.
  • Keep your distance, driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist.
  • Check for bikes when changing lanes, a motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot.
  • Check for bikes when turning, parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist.
  • Motorcyclists might pass you on either side- double-check for motorcyclists, whether you’re turning left or right.

For more information on road safety for motorcyclists, please visit Police Scotland’s dedicated webpage at: https://www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/road-safety/motorcyclists/

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