South Africa is blessed with some of the finest biking territory on this planet. Unfortunately we also have some of the worst per capita road statistics.
It needs to be accepted that riding, whilst providing an extremely high level of pleasure, is still a vulnerable activity and comes with great responsibility. Think of your quality of life and how easily it could be destroyed, not to mention the people around you that need you to come home safely.
Consider the following from arrivealive (www.arrivealive.co.za):
More than 95% of all road accidents happen as a direct result of a traffic offence.
Up to 80% of all accidents are as a result of:
• reckless, negligent and inconsiderate driving behavior
• failing to stop at traffic signals
• unsafe and illegal overtaking
• inappropriate speed for circumstances
• driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs
10% of all accidents are as a result of:
• Vehicle fitness aspects such as smooth tyres, poor brakes, defective lights, steering , suspension etc
The remaning 10% of all accidents are as a result of:
• road and environmental factors such as poor road conditions , stray animals, poor visibility, etc
The following booklets have been provided courtesy of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, USA. Our thanks to the MSF for willingly providing this material.
We hope that you may find them useful.
Although these booklets were published for readers in the United States and are based upon motorcycle riding practices in the United States we believe that a lot of the content contained therein is relative regardless of where in the world your journey make take you.
Thirty minutes spent reading this literature can be one of the most valuable half-hours of learning you have ever had.
- Quick Tips- Guidelines for riding a motorcycle safely (pdf 76 KB)
- Quick Tips- Guidelines for group riding (pdf 519 KB)
- Quick Tips- Guidelines for carrying a passenger (pdf 72 KB)
- Quick Tips- 10 things all car drivers should know about motorcycles
- Quick Tips-Alcohol and bikes (pdf 76 KB)
- Quick Tips- Preventing motorcycle theft (pdf 64 KB)
- Motorcycle operators manual (pdf 444 KB)
- Sharing the roadway (pdf 284 KB)
- You and your motorcycle (pg 1-57) & Motorcycle skills test (pg 58-86) (NB Total file size 2.34 MB for item no 9)
These booklets remain the property of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and may not be resold in any form whatsoever. (www.msf-usa.org)
An excellent South African safety aware community can be found at :
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