Motorcycling advice

Tips for safe motorcycle use

  • Read and follow the advice from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Safe driving for Life
  • Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards.
  • Take a ‘lifesaver’ glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where other vehicles are.
  • Make sure to wear the right gear. Fall off your bike and tarmac will shred your jeans in seconds. Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers.
  • Wear bright florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night.
  • Choosing the right helmet could help save your life. The SHARP helmet safety scheme provides advice on how to select a helmet that fits correctly. Sharp ratings also help you understand how much protection a helmet offers in a crash. 
  • Consider further skills training to improve your performance, confidence and safety on the road. RideFree is a DVSA digital rider theory course. The free, voluntary scheme is aimed at new riders and contains a series of 6 online modules to be taken by the learner rider before they complete their CBT. 
  • Elite Rider Hub is designed to help you choose the most suitable post-test training opportunities. It gives an insight into training which will make you a safe, capable, and progressive rider. 

The Department for Transport’s THINK! series of videos

The Department for Transport’s THINK! Road Safety Team produced a series of videos where World Superbike Rider, Chaz Davies, is joined by comedian Alan Davies and eight regular riders to undertake further training to improve their riding skills on the road and prove you’re never too good to learn something new.

Motorcycle Training

If you’re interested in developing your skills as a rider, check out some of the local training providers:

Digital motorcycling magazines

Free digital motorcycling magazines: