It's going to be a busy weekend for East Sussex roads with the 1066 run and the Bank Holiday expected to bring thousands of visitors to the coast and we are calling on all road users to take extra care on the roads.
As the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says “treat every road user as if they were a member of your family”.
Here are some simple steps people can take to ensure they are looking out for each other when on the move:-
All road users
- Drivers should always assume that someone, or something, could be around any corner. Slow down, especially round bends and do not overtake when you cannot see what’s ahead.
- Motorists should clean windscreens regularly and keep washer fluid topped up – smears or dirt could affect your vision.
- The sun (when it appears!) can dazzle. Make sure you have a pair of sunglasses handy.
- There is no “safe” level of alcohol. If you are planning to go out for a drink, don’t drive. Please find another way of getting home.
- Look out for cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Make eye contact where possible to show you have seen them. Use your indicators to signal intentions and look out for their signals.
- Give cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders plenty of space when overtaking. Don’t accelerate rapidly, sound your horn or rev your engine when passing horses and watch out for sudden movements by the horse.
- Always check for cyclists and motorcyclists when opening your car door, pulling out at a junction or when doing a manoeuvre.
- 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 shed 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. Sharp ratings help you understand how much protection a helmet offers in a crash.
- Watch out for dehydration – it can affect your concentration. Motorcyclists are particularly at risk due to the heavy protective clothing they wear.
Further skills training
There are a variety of courses out there for motorcyclists to improve their performance, confidence and safety on the road. For more information on the courses we run, visit: https://www.esfrs.org/your-safety/safer-roads/motorcycling