Safe riding advice for motorcycle riders. 14/10/16

When riding a motorcycle, you have to take extra care when using the road as you are are not as easy to see as other road users.

Here are some useful tips to stay safe on the road.

Wear suitable clothing

As a motorcycle rider the only protection you have is the clothing you wear, so its essential to buy the right gear.

  • A thick leather jacket and trousers specifically designed for motorcycle riders will provide the best protection if you come off your bike

  • Footwear and gloves should again be made from a strong material such as thick leather or artificial material of equal or greater strength and be specifically designed for the purpose

  • Over your clothing you should wear high visibility jacket that also has flourescent patches for better visibility at night

  • Always wear a good quality crash helmet. Look for the SHARP rating system to compare the protection levels of different helmets

Defensive Riding techniques

Defensive riding techniques help motorcyclists stay safe.

  • Try to anticipate what other road users are going to do

  • Stay alert and observant

  • Ensure you have time to slow down and stop in an emergency

  • Position yourself on the road so that you have good visibility of possible hazards

  • Glance over you shoulder before manoeuvring to ensure you know what is going on around you

Finally consider taking further motorcycle training to improve your skills.

No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a comparable replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a comparable replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury