The Road Safety Committee reminds members that along with the Christmas holiday time, can come extra challenges on the road. We remind everyone to be extra careful, to ride like the cars can’t see us, to take it slow, and to simply be extra vigilant of what other vehicles are doing.
Some points to consider when riding during the holiday period.
1. There is a lot more traffic on the road.
2. Everyone is going somewhere. You have plenty of time.
3. Most drivers and many riders are not used to the distances they may be travelling.
4. We all have children/grandchildren that want to enjoy us.
5. Vehicles can be overloaded or more full than we are used to.
6. Make sure you check your machine before riding:
Visual examination of the machine, tools are present (if you know how to use them), wheels (spokes), tyres (cold, condition, content and caps), adequate fluids (petrol, oil etc), brakes, luggage/panniers secure and properly balanced, lights, steering head, horn, foot rests, screens, visor, helmet/s, chain and suspension. The following is a handy way to remember the above.
c. Water (if applicable)
7. You may take a better bike route than the shortest way, less traffic.
8. If you enjoy alcohol that is fine but do not combine riding or driving with any in your system.
9. It is a waste of good emotion if you feel anything other than pleasure.
Have a very safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2017