In a recent study it was found that 35% of all accidents involving motorbikes occurred on bends. Most of these accidents involved younger inexperienced riders who fail to judge the correct speed for the bend and either lose control of their bikes or stray into the path of oncoming vehicles.
On what types of road do these accidents occur?
The majority of motorbike accidents involving bends occur on rural 'A' roads. This is not actually that surprising because a lot of motorbike riders ride their bikes for just for the sheer enjoyment of it, and this often involves a ride through the countryside where there is generally less traffic.
The problem is riders like to make the most of these often long stretches of quiet road by travelling at high speeds. An experienced rider will always anticipate unfamiliar corners and slow down accordingly before reaching the apex of the bend. Less experienced riders are more likely to take risks with their speed, the trouble is when things go wrong, they can go badly wrong.
How to 'anticipate' a bend
Unless you are already familiar with a particular stretch of road it can be tricky to judge your speed correctly when approaching a bend. Long sweeping bends can obviously be taken at higher speeds than tight ones, but you can't afford to get it wrong. There are a few clues you can get just by looking at any objects that follow the line of the road, such as:-
Street lamps or telegraph poles
Large fences or hedges
The key thing to remember when you approach an unfamiliar bend, is to assume that it may be sharp and slow down accordingly. Also be prepared to slow down suddenly when approaching blind bends - there may be a slow moving vehicle like a tractor just around the corner.
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