Easter is a time when many of the roads across the country are busier than usual. We’ve all got somewhere to be, and a lot of people will be on roads they’re not familiar with. Allow some extra time and be patient with other road users.
There are motorcycle events taking place all over the country at Easter, including the Broadford Bike Bonanza in Victoria. I’m looking forward to attending this on Saturday for the first time, at the invitation of Motorcycling Australia.
This week I participated in another day of hearings in the Senate inquiry into aspects of road safety. The vast majority of crashes are down to human error, so the message about paying attention when driving or riding really is true. I look forward to this Inquiry making some realistic recommendations about road safety that will actually make a difference.
Always ride with a finger lying on the front brake to minimise the reaction time to emergency braking.
When following other vehicles closely, never stay in the centre of that vehicle; pick a side left or right so if something happens in front of that vehicle you can avoid a collision simply by going left or right quickly.
Always watch the traffic for potential danger that is in front of the vehicle you are following.
Stay home and eat chocolate! (Just kidding!)
Motorcycle-riding Senior Sergeant Bradyn Murphy, Officer in Chargeof the Gold Coast Road Policing Unit:
Easter is always a tragic time on the road. Historically it is one of the critical times to be driving/riding and we often see a rise in fatalities. People seem to be in a hurry to get places due to the extended long weekend and don’t plan their trip. Fatigue is often a contributing factor due to people trying to push long distance driving with inadequate rest. We ask that people plan their journey. It is looking like a great weekend weather wise so people will no doubt be out enjoying the great weather. Remember that everyone has the same idea so take into account when travelling to those busy area’s that there may be traffic delays. Factor this into your travel times. For those on 2 wheels, I would remind people that over 80% of fatal and injury traffic crashes involving motorcycles are rider error and you are more likely to crash into or out of a corner. Please remember the best lines/apex in the world will not help you if you are travelling too fast. Too fast will always be too fast and you can change the laws of physics. Take care enjoy the holidays and respect all road users.
We hope you get the opportunity to hit the open road this Easter break and fulfil your dreams of personal freedom, safely and responsibly. The Harley-Davidson team wish you and your families a safe and Happy Easter!
We wish you a happy and safe Easter long weekend with family and friends. We hope you get the opportunity to get out amongst it on your bike and the weather gods are good to you. Please ride your own ride in a way you feel confident and in control. Remember being a good rider is all about managing risk.
In the event you come across a motorcycle accident scene please check for danger to yourself and others. Don’t rush in, look around you, breath and take a moment to overcome sensory overload. Be assertive and communicate clearly. Call 000, it is vitally important that you do this as soon as possible!!
There is much more to know and the best way to get these skills is at one of our First Aid for Motorcyclists sessions. You will have hands on experience learning how to manage serious road trauma injury, practice emergency helmet removal, understand accident scene and fatigue management, group riding techniques and much more.
All road users need to take responsibility and look after the safety of themselves and others on the road. Motorcyclists, in particular, should understand that as a vulnerable road user they must be extra vigilant—plan your path through traffic and keep yourself well protected. We’re asking all road users to watch out for each other and, in particular, watch out for motorcycles. Together, we can make our roads safer.