Changing Attitudes For Better Riding
Human error is the leading cause in more than 90% of road traffic collisions. These collisions are preventable and usually the consequence of unsafe practices.
In its latest blog, Wales By Bike is reminding motorcyclists that a good standard of riding 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 shortcomings, reflecting on attitude and behaviour and making positive changes.
Motorcyclists are advised to consider it a red flag and take action if they believe that they are the best rider in their peer group; they exceed speed limits regularly; have experienced near-misses; ride aggressively; or believe that riding fast is the whole point of owning a motorcycle.
If motorcyclists ride in a manner which would draw the attention of the police, or concern their loved ones, it’s time to change and it’s not too late.
Find out more about speed enforcement here.