Calls for extra care at intersections to protect motorcyclists

Calls for extra care at intersections to protect motorcyclists

Visibility can be a contributing factor to car and motorcycle collisions…

If you’ve ever witnessed or been involved in an accident between a car and a motorcycle, you would know just how quickly things can go wrong.

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and it appears that intersections are often where cars and motorcycles are coming together.

The road safety advocates, GEM Motoring Assist, have put a call out for car drivers and motorcyclists to take more care when negotiating intersections.

GEM road safety officer, Neil Worth, says often visibility issues are a major contributor to the problem.

“Drivers can struggle to identify motorcycles because they occupy such a small part of our field of vision.

“What’s more, if we’re not expecting to see one, then the chance of spotting one coming towards us is further reduced, and the risk of a collision is greatly increased.

“So before pulling out of intersections, look carefully all around.

“Make a specific check for motorcyclists coming towards you. They’re not always easy to spot – but if you’re expecting them to be there, then you’re far more likely to see them in good time and prevent a potentially serious collision.

“Let’s make a point of looking out for them.

“In doing so, we will be greatly reducing this risk, and helping them to be less vulnerable on their journeys.”

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