Ride a motorbike? Here are our 5 top tips for how to keep both yourself and others safe on the roads.
Biker Down Courses
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service runs free "Biker Down" courses throughout the year to give motorcyclists and other road users the skills they need to help bikers who may have been involved in a road traffic collision (RTC). The courses run throughout the year and are held at Shefford Community Fire Station, usually at the weekend.
All the gear is a good idea
- Helmet with full face protection
- Long sleeve jacket and trousers to protect against road rash, sunburn, and windburn
- Boots for protection against injury and for better grip
DO NOT WEAR
- Shorts or t-shirts
- Dark clothes that reduce other road user’s ability to see you
2. Plan your route
Avoid congestion or narrow winding roads.
Pimp your ride
Make sure your bike is appropriate for your level and experience. Also ensure that it has a valid MOT and is taxed and insured like any car. Check tyre conditions and service regularly.
Don't save it for a rainy day
No biker wants to get caught in the rain. Lack of stability and protection from the elements can be dangerous and also painful.
Bike like a pro
Use your mirrors. Give yourself time to react. Respect speed limits and stay in control.