Bikers warned of ‘strong gusts’ as charity gives winter weather advice

Bikers warned of ‘strong gusts’ as charity gives winter weather advice
The UK’s largest road safety charity is urging bikers to beware of strong gusts, especially when emerging from behind buildings or when beside high-sided vehicles.

IAM RoadSmart has said that strong winds can easily catch people out, and a sudden change of direction could easily scare another road users.

The organisation has given advice to motorcyclists as the winter weather closes in across the country.

Planning a trip is key to staying safe, as is checking the weather before setting off – and can make the difference between a pleasant or unpleasant journey, the charity advises.

Bikers should also make sure they dress correctly and check their visors before heading out on their trip. Even small scratches can quickly become dangerous, as they show up more easily in the dark with oncoming headlights.

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Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, said: “As with all things motorcycling, preparation is key.

"Having the right equipment makes all the difference. Motorcycles are supposed to be fun. By planning your ride along a route that will have seen some attention from the council you are likely to arrive home safely without having any moments.”

The charity also says riders should be aware of where water is collecting on road surfaces as the weather worsens.

Potholes can also prove disastrous for motorcycles. They are harder to see in the dark, so that’s why it’s best to slow down to make seeing obstacles in the road easier.

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The advice comes after official figures revealed last week that the number of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads rose by 3% in the year to June.

Deaths were at their highest number in half a decade.

A total of  24,620 people were killed or seriously injured over the 12 month period, according to the Department for Transport’s reported road casualties report, compared to 23,914 the year before.

Campaigners have called for motorists to take “more care on the roads” and re-familiarise themselves with the Highway Code.

When preparing for the upcoming wintery weather conditions on the road, be sure to check out our winter driving section.

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