Police urge bikers to take extra care

Any driver will notice a sudden rise in the number of motorbikes on the road as soon as the sun starts shining and as the summer attempts to take place, but Grampian Police are urging north-east motorcyclists to take extra care on the roads.

In the past month, one motorcyclist has been killed and 11 riders have been injured in accidents on north-east roads and because of the uncertain Scottish summer weather, officers are urging motorcyclists to heed some safety advice which could prevent them becoming the next statistic.

Leslie Harrold, Road Safety Manager with Road Safety Grampian, said: “I am asking all riders to take care and think about their level of riding experience. Many of the recent collisions were simply as a result of rider error and could have been avoided.

“For riders, if you are overtaking a slow moving or stationary line of traffic, be aware that there may be a vehicle at the head of the queue waiting to turn right. They will not be expecting a vehicle to be overtaking them, so if they turn across your path it will likely result in a collision. Riders should wait until they have passed a junction and find a safer place to overtake, where they can see that the road is straight and clear.

“Over the next few weeks there will still be many motorcyclists out on our roads, so I am also asking all drivers to look out for motorcyclists on the road. Drivers should be aware of this and be alert to motorcycles approaching them from behind and preparing to overtake them. If you are preparing to turn right, it is essential that you use your indicators to let riders and other road users that you are preparing to turn.

“Riders will be wanting to get out and make the most of the last few weeks of summer but they must do it safely and legally.

“It is very easy to go fast on a motorcycle, it is not so easy to slow down. I hope all motorcyclists in our area enjoy the next few weeks on their bikes, but do so safely.”