ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to take extra care at junctions, in an attempt to reduce collisions with motorcyclists.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said: “Around 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at junctions, usually because of an driver observation error which some years ago picked up the nickname ‘SMIDSY’ – sorry mate, I didn’t see you.
“Experts point out that as drivers we’re not very good at identifying motorcyclists because they occupy such a small part of our field of vision. What’s more, if we’re not expecting to see one, then the chance of spotting one coming towards us is further reduced, and the risk of a collision is greatly increased.
“As the weather warms up, and many roads become busier with weekend riders, let’s make a point of looking out for them. In doing so, we will be greatly reducing this risk, and helping them to be less vulnerable on their journeys.
“So before pulling out of junctions, look carefully all around. Make a specific check for motorcyclists coming towards you. They’re not always easy to spot – but if you’re expecting them to be there, then you’re far more likely to see them in good time… and prevent a potentially serious collision.”
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