Bikers come top in road safety test


Published on 16 October 2014 by Gill

Motorcyclists' knowledge of road safety is almost twice as good as that of car drivers, a new study by motorbike insurance specialists Carole Nash has revealed.

More than 60 per cent of riders know what the safe stopping distance is in rainy conditions at 30mph (FYI it's 150 feet), compared to 34 per cent of motorists.

Those on two wheels are also much better at recognising road signs, with two thirds of motorcyclists (67 per cent) recognising the sign for the end of a dual carriageway, whereas just 37 per cent of drivers got the answer right. Given 12 road signs to identify, car drivers finished second behind riders in eight categories.

Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing for Carole Nash, said: "Once Autumn starts the rains begin and it is vital to have knowledge of road safety. One of the reasons motorcyclists score so highly is they have to have their wits about them at all times. It's an exhilarating way to travel, but it can also be dangerous unless you are aware of everything around you and the rules of the road."

Safety and Training Director for the Motorcycle Industry Association, Karen Cole, commented: “This also adds to a growing body of evidence which substantiates something riders have known for years – that those who’ve ridden or ride a motorcycle make better car drivers. If more people rode a motorcycle, scooter or moped, even for a short period, they would contribute to better long term safety for all road users.”