How Safe is Riding a Motorcycle?
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How Safe is Riding a Motorcycle?

If you’re just starting out as a motorcyclist, you might be wondering how safe it is to ride a motorcycle. If you aren’t wondering it yourself, then your friends and relatives might be the ones that are concerned.

There are a few ways you can look at it: You can compare the safety of riding a bike compared to driving a car, and yes, riding a motorcycle probably isn’t as safe. You could also compare riding a motorcycle to other things in life. Smoking has over 300 times more annual deaths than riding a motorcycle, while simply falling over has over 10 times more annual deaths than riding a bike does.

An easy way of looking at it is, riding a bike is as safe as anything, providing you are safe whilst doing it. In fact, more than twice as many people in the UK are killed by sexually transmitted diseases each year as they are falling off motorbikes. But would you say sex is safer than riding a motorbike? Most people would.

Cars vs Bikes

Government stats from 2007 state that for every 1 billion km’s travelled, 21 car drivers are killed in accidents, compared to 1141 motorcyclists.

(If you’re a negative person, you might be reading this thinking ‘I’ll stick to my car’, but that’s not the aim of this post. We are merely providing you with a number of angle’s, so you can make up your own mind in the end).

Careful motorcyclists will no doubt live for longer than those who break the rules of the road, speeding daily and undertaking/overtaking through the middle of traffic jams to get to their destination faster.

How Safe is Riding a Motorcycle?

Experience Tells

Experienced riders don’t feel particularly vulnerable when driving on the roads, but you have to start somewhere. One of the best things you can do to stay safe on the UK roads is to find a good trainer/teacher that will help you to stay safe on the roads. Look for an experienced instructor that can pass on their experiences to you.

As a beginner, you should look for an instructor that will teach you how to ride, rather than help you to pass a test. Ring around several bike schools until you get the feeling you are in the capable hands of someone who truly believe in motorbike safety and training you for life.


Before you step foot on a bike, do your research and look for the best motorbike clothing to protect you. Helmets, jackets, boots and gloves should all be considered to ensure your full body is protected in case of a fall.

MSG Bike Gear is one of the leading choices for motorbike clothing and accessories online, with a high street store available for those who live close by.

If you are unsure what protective clothing to buy that will help you to stay safe, take the time to call them and ask for help. Alternatively, read this article from Fleetcare to learn the different equipment and clothing you will need: