Ride to return this winter - Rider Safe Returning Rider Course
Following a recent increase in motorcycle fatalities and the full effects of a wet winter beginning to be felt, the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is issuing an important road safety reminder - ride to return this winter.
MAC Road Safety Communications Manager, Matt Hanton said sadly we have seen nine motorcyclist killed in road crashes this year, exceeding the eight rider’s killed during 2016.
“All nine of these deaths have occurred since March, a significant loss of life in such a short period of time,” said Mr Hanton.
The increased risk of injury of death for motorcyclists is serious and anything that can improve a rider’s safety is strongly encouraged.
“As the wet weather begins it is important for all motorcyclists to make sure they are riding to the conditions and wearing the right protective clothing.
“Whether you ride a scooter or a motorbike, good quality, protective gear is a must. It can mean the difference between a minor injury and one that prevents you from riding ever again.
“Many riders believe a helmet and protective jacket is enough, however covering your whole body in quality protective gear is the best way to reduce injury in a crash.
“If you are a returning rider, resist the urge to wear your old gear. It’s likely your helmet and the rest of your riding gear may not be as safe as what is available today,” Mr Hanton said
Whether through protective clothing, or increased skills and education, motorcyclists should do all they can to lower their crash risk and ride to return.
The Rider Safer Returning Rider Course costs $116 and is run through the Department for Transport, Planning and Infrastructure (DPTI). Further information can be found at mylicence.sa.gov.au or by calling Rider Safe on 1800 018 300.
“There is no pass or fail component to the course, it is designed to teach and refresh riding skills, techniques and awareness and could be the difference between avoiding a crash, serious injury or even death on our roads,” Mr Hanton said.