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What you need to know as a motorcyclist

A2 POSTER FAW HIGH RES21.Position yourself in the best place to maximize your visibility of potential hazards

2. Avoid lingering in the blind spots created by the A-pillars and C-pillars of cars; those are the front 3/4 and rear 3/4 angle views out of the driver seat. Passing can be a dangerous manoeuvre, so be especially aware when overtaking a car or another rider

3. Make sure you can see the drivers of the cars around you; if you can see them (through eye contact or in their mirrors), chances are you’re in their line of sight… but never assume anything

4. Create a safety buffer around you, which means leaving enough distance ahead of you, and giving yourself space to manoeuvre away from trouble.

5. Recognize that with a low sun, a dirty windscreen or one with rain beating against it drivers are likely to have less of a chance of seeing you

What you need to know as a driver

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1. Position yourself in the safest and best place to maximize your visibility and your view of potential hazards 2. If you ride in a vehicles blind spot, you will be invisible to the driver. This is particularly true of...

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What else can you do?

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The Invisibles

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