In more than 90% of road traffic collisions, human error is the leading cause. These collisions are preventable and the consequence of unsafe practices. A good standard of motorcycling requires a good attitude and respect of personal and other road users’ safety.
The likelihood of a collision increases when poor attitude, speed and risk-taking are present. Selfish, aggressive and illegal riding leads to significantly greater risk for motorcyclists and others sharing the road space; such behaviour is a matter of choice and motorcyclists displaying a flagrant disregard for the law and safety can expect to be prosecuted.
Recent examples of motorcyclists in Wales travelling at atrociously high speeds brings the motorcycling community as a whole into disrepute. Anti-social, reckless riding isn’t the way to prove skill or impress peers, it simply shows a poor attitude - a trait, which unaddressed, leads to needless collisions, injuries and fatalities.
The best motorcyclists possess honest self-awareness, and an understanding of their personal characteristics, attitudes and behaviour. Improvement comes from recognising our own shortcomings, reflecting on our attitude and behaviour and making positive changes.
Consider it a red flag and take action if you believe that you’re the best rider in your peer group; you exceed speed limits regularly; have experienced near-misses; ride aggressively; or believe that riding fast is the whole point of owning a motorcycle.
If you ride in a manner which would draw the attention of the police, or concern your loved ones, it’s time to change – and if you’re reading this, it’s not too late.
Find out more about speed enforcement here.