Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are great fun and a cheap form of transport - training is a simple way to lessen your risk and help you enjoy your ride.
What you can do
To help others notice you on the road and decrease your risk.
Use your headlight
- Ride with your headlight on dip (low beam) during the day
- If your motorcycle was manufactured on or after 1 January 1980, you must use your headlight on dip (low beam) or daytime running lamps during daylight hours.
Wear bright, reflective clothing
- This will help make you more visible. White, orange, yellow and red are the colours most easily seen
- Reflective tape on your clothing or motorcycle can also help others to see you
- A reflective vest is more noticeable to drivers behind you than a tail light.
Ride so you can be seen
- Ride behind the right-hand wheels of the vehicle ahead, you are more easily seen in the rear-vision mirrors of the vehicle. This position allows you to be seen by oncoming vehicles, and for you to see them
- If you cannot see a driver's eyes in their mirrors, they cannot see you. Move within your lane to improve your chances of catching a driver's attention.
Get rider training
Attend the Kickstart motorcycle safety event
- Held every October, this is an opportunity to learn and meet other motorcyclists.
What the government is doing
Reducing motorcycle crashes is a high priority in the government’s Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016-2020 [PDF].