With the approaching Easter bank holiday weekend, the increasingly lighter days mark the start of the new motorcycling season.
Wales holds a major attraction for riders due to the uniquely challenging roads and breathtaking scenery. Whilst the vast majority of motorcyclists show an excellent standard of riding, a small minority choose to use the roads as a racetrack, putting themselves and other road users in danger and risking life changing injuries or even death. Police forces across Wales will target these individuals in the coming months, giving the clear message that poor and anti-social riding behaviour will not be tolerated.
This could also be the first time in a few months that many motorcycles have been out of the garage. Before every ride, preparation is key to your safety. Take a close look at your kit and your bike to ensure everything is in full working order, paying particular attention to the condition of your tyres, brakes and lighting – it could save your life. Just as important is ensuring that you are well prepared; never ride angry, tired or impaired by drink or drugs.
Drivers have a responsibility to look out for motorcyclists, especially when pulling out of junctions, changing lanes or opening their doors – a motorcyclist may be in the space you intend to move into and may not be as visible as larger vehicles. Always check your blind spot and look twice for bikes.
Wales has a reputation for being a fabulous place to ride, with thousands of people taking to the roads each year. Safe and responsible drivers and riders are very welcome - but more than anything we want everyone to get home safely.
Check our prepare pages for more information.