Here are some quick reminders about the things you should think about before you get on your motorbike.
The most important thing about you as a rider is your attitude. Being impatient, rude or irresponsible will make riding less enjoyable and will also put you and other road users at risk.
Defensive riding involves observing what’s happening around you, anticipating problems and controlling your motorbike effectively. For more information about defensive riding, see the Motorcyclist Knowledge Centre.
If you're nervous about riding, think about what makes you nervous.
There are lots of different factors that can mean you’re not safe to ride, from the obvious ones (eg if you’ve been drinking alcohol or you’re feeling tired) to the less obvious (eg you’re feeling upset or you’ve got a twisted ankle). See the Motorcyclist Knowledge Centre for more information about being fit to ride.
Remember that you mustn’t ride while you’re using a hand-held mobile phone: it’s against the law. If you need to make or answer a call when you’re riding, you must stop and park safely first.
What you wear when you’re riding is critical to your safety. You must always wear a safety helmet but you should also always wear motorbike gloves, sturdy boots and protective clothing. See GOV.UK for more about safety helmets and the learner rider section for more about clothing.
Try to stay calm if you’re involved in an incident.
- Move any uninjured passengers, animals and passers-by away from the vehicles involved in the incident.
- Don’t try to move anyone who’s injured.
- Call the emergency services if necessary.
- Give first aid if you can: see The Highway Code for basic first aid advice.
See the Motorcyclist Knowledge Centre for more information on what to do in an incident.
Planning your journey will help you get to your destination on time and with the least stress: use the journey planner to help you.