Advice for Drivers

Advice for car and heavy vehicle drivers

It might be frustrating at times to see motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic, but a hostile reaction on your part can often make the situation worse. Here are a few simple ways of avoiding crashes with motorcyclists:

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.

Check for motorcycles at junctions.

Remember to look carefully for bikes, as it is often difficult to see them when they are coming out of junctions. Always look out for them before you emerge from a junction because they could be approaching faster than you think.

Park safely

Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door - and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember that motorcyclists can be harder to see when they’re approaching than a car would be.

Park safely before using your mobile phone

Do not park on the hard shoulder of the tollway.

Advice Seatbelts

Always wear a seatbelt. In a crash you’re twice as likely to die if you don’t.

Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds.

Wear your seatbelt correctly so it can offer you the best possible protection in a crash.

Speed It’s 30 for a reason

If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences.

Speed limits are there for a reason.

Plan your journey to include a 15-minute break every two hours.

Don't start a long trip if you're already tired.

Remember the risks if you have to get up unusually early to start a long drive.

Try to avoid long trips between midnight and 6am when you're likely to feel sleepy anyway.

If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop - not the hardshoulder of a motorway. Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow time for the caffeine to kick in.

Remember, the only real cure for sleepiness is proper sleep. A caffeine drink or a nap is a short-term solution that will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.