Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) are warning
commuters, planning on taking scooters to work, to be
wary of their fellow scooter commuters.
published a survey to coincide with the 14th of Junes
"ride to work Day", and the survey
consisted of the most common mistakes made by
motorcyclists. The IAMs currently have 11000 +
advanced motorcyclists and they made the following
The first and most
dangerous mistake made by motorcyclists was poor
observation of hazards, which was made by 29% of
riders, closely followed by excessive speed which was
performed by 19% and then incorrect positioning which
was committed by 15% of bikers. Also noted were
dangerous overtaking, tailgating and bad manners which
covered most of the remaining 37%.
that car and van drivers have many bad driving faults
that pose a significant threat to those on powered
two-wheelers. But we forget that not every
motorcyclist has advanced riding skills. Our
survey is a timely reminder for those who see the
appeal of two-wheels - take care." said
IAM Chief Examiner Bryan Lynn.
Department of Transport says, bike related injuries
are rising. The best motorcyclists ride
defensively so that they are less likely to have
crashes. And those tempted by the appeal of
'Ride to Work' day should remember that they have to
cope with dangerous motorcyclists as well as all the
other road hazards."
For further details
please look at www.iam.org.uk
or phone 020 8996 9600.
There are also two
publications available for scooter riders from IAMs,
the first is a free fact sheet, and the second an A5
booklet priced at £1.99. Both are available
from IAM, use the above details to get hold of them.
The Department of
Transport has also issued 2 "Think!"
leaflets:- "Don't be a statistic: tips for
safer motorcycling" and "Watch
out for motorcyclists" which are also
both IAM endorsed.
by E G Lyon-Taylor
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