We’re not oblivious to the dangers of riding. In fact, that is probably what makes us more observant and safety conscious.
We have to be. The consequences are dire!
As for the myths that riders are most often at fault, the Motorcycle Council of NSW says that in multi-vehicle collisions, the other driver is at fault in 38% of cases and the rider 22%.
As a comparison, ask yourself these questions about car drivers:
How many car drivers take advanced driver training courses?
Have you ever seen a car driver wear any protective clothing?
How many cars have extra lights and reflective tape so they can be seen?
How many drivers check their vehicle regularly or before they take off?
How many drivers scan the road for gravel, oil and other hazards?
How many drivers share driving tips with other drivers?
How many cars have bald tyres or non-functioning lights or indicators?
Now ask yourself the same questions of riders and their bikes. Rather than the myths about us being reckless and careless, I’m sure you will find we are generally far more attentive to our vehicles, our skill levels and our crash protection.