Here’s a useful reminder of the importance of always carefully watching for motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users when you’re driving.
Check out the video below, one of a series produced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
It’s shocking how hard it is to see the motorbike in front of the approaching car.
While this computer-generated video has been produced to help educate learner drivers, it’s a reminder for all drivers of the importance of watching for vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists.
Sadly, drivers’ inability to spot motorcyclists can have tragic consequences. In 2017, motorcyclists accounted for 19% of all deaths of British roads, and nearly a fifth (17%) of all accidents involving motorcycles resulted from a driver or rider failing to look properly.
So, it’s essential to carefully check mirrors and blind spots for motorbikes, and always look for them before you emerge from a junction.
Other advice in the Highway Code includes drivers looking out for motorcyclists when turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic.
Also, think about the actual person behind the visor riding the motorbike, suggests Road safety campaign group Think!, which is encouraging people to have more empathy towards bikers.