When people are killed or injured on the roads it is rarely due to a genuine accident. An accident is defined as "an unforeseen event or one without apparent cause"; when looking at the incidents that happen every day on Norfolk's roads it is clear that with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes they can often be anticipated and avoided. It is human nature to shift the blame to another factor, object or person; rather than saying "I skidded on the greasy road" when we should really say "I skidded because I was travelling too fast for the conditions". Crashes are not caused by roads, vehicles or the weather, they are caused by people like us making mistakes.
Riders often blame car drivers for their crashes, but it is a fact that a large proportion of crashes, particularly involving larger bikes, are down to rider error. On the occasions when the car driver is primarily at fault it is cold comfort to know that you were in the right and in fact strengthens the argument for better training in order that you can observe, anticipate and plan to deal with the drivers actions before they become an immediate threat to you. As riders, we must take responsibility for ourselves and not leave our safety in the hands of others. All we can ask is that we ride to the best of our abilities; those abilities can be enhanced by the right training.
- For more information on motorcyclist facts please click here.
- For more information on training opportunities please click here.
- For more information on campaigns run in Norfolk please click here.
- For information on The Norfolk Riders Forum please click here.
- For more information on motorcyclist venues and events in 2009 please click here.
- For further driving advice and road safety information from Think! please click here.
Find out about events planned for 2011 across the County that the Think! Norfolk Partnership will be attending.
Older Road Users
Find out what opportunities are available to help you become a safer driver, as well as information on eye tests and licensing.