Motorcycle Awareness Month starts up as motorcycles come out of hibernation

Released 31/08/2018

Summer is around the corner and motorcycles are getting back on the road. The total cost of motorcycle-related claims is more than $94 million per year, but the real cost is to the rider, their families and friends.

September is Motorcycle Awareness Month to help keep motorcyclist safe

September is Motorcycle Awareness Month where we make everyone aware of how they can help to keep motorcyclists safe. The symbol of the awareness campaign is a bright yellow helmet, which helps create visibility and reminds all road users that ‘Bikes Are Back!’

We all play a part in motorcycle safety

Whether you ride or drive, everyone plays a part in motorcycle safety. In 2017, 45 motorcyclists lost their lives on the road and 7,372 motorcyclists received treatment and support from ACC.

It’s time for riders to fine-tune their skills

Ride Forever Programme Manager David Keilty says spring is an excellent time for riders to fine-tune their skills.

“We’d like riders to refresh their skills by taking advantage of Ride Forever coaching, so they can enjoy riding right throughout the warmer months. The good news is that riders who complete a Ride Forever course are 27% less likely to submit a claim with ACC when compared to riders who haven’t completed a course. In fact, research shows that riders who completed a course in the past year were 45% less likely to submit a claim,” says Mr Keilty.

Drivers also have a part to play

Drivers can play their part by turning their head to check their blind spot, especially before changing lanes and always looking twice at intersections. 

“It’s about being aware of that you might not see motorcyclists at a first glance.  Looking twice can make all the difference,” Mr Keilty says.

AA Driving School general manager, Roger Venn, said the AA was fully behind motorcycle awareness month.

“We understand that bikers are vulnerable in any kind of interaction with other road users. We encourage all drivers and riders to look out for each other, to be courteous, to show respect for one another. Remember we are all human and we all make mistakes – safety is improved if we expect and accept that,” Mr Venn says.

Carey Griffiths of the Institute of Advanced Motorists says riders need to accept that drivers don’t often see them for a variety of reasons, many of which are unintentional. 

“We can blame other drivers or hope that one day they do see us, or we can take the initiative to take advantage of any training opportunity we can.  This means improving our skills of hazard prediction and awareness and riding in a way that maximises our chances of being seen.  While we can’t control the actions of others, training helps us reduce our chances of being in a crash,” Mr Griffiths says.

Motorcycle Awareness Month is supported by local councils, the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council, and ACC’s Safer Journeys partners.

For more information on Motorcycle Awareness Month visit the website:

Motorcycle Awareness Month

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