- Let’s try a little more observation out there
- Lack of observation major cause of crashes
- 300kg of motorcycle carries a hell of a punch
LONDON, England – British Road-safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has some sage advice for car drivers here in South Africa: Watch out for motorcyclists at road junctions.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth told The Corner in a media release: “About 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day at British road junctions, usually because a car or truck driver lacked observation – something which some years ago picked up the acronym ‘SMIDSY’ – ‘Sorry mate! I didn’t see you’.
“Experts point out that, as car drivers, we’re not very good at identifying motorcyclists because they occupy such a small part of our field of vision. What’s more, if we’re not expecting to see one, then the chance of spotting one coming is further reduced and the risk of a collision greatly increased.”
EXCUSES NOT GOOD ENOUGH
The problem, in the UK at least, is exacerbated over weekends when leisure riders are on the roads. That certainly applies on any Sunday in South Africa.
The Corner suggests to drivers in South Africa that it’s not much good relying on the SMIDSY excuse when a person is lying dead in the road and there’s serious damage to your vehicle and, perhaps, even the people in your car.
A 300kg motorcycle hitting your car at even 60m/h packs a helluva punch. At 100km/h it could go right through – then you’re dead too.
‘NOT EASY TO SPOT’
Worth suggested: “So, before pulling out of a junction, look carefully all around. Make a specific check for a motorcyclist coming towards you. They’re not always easy to spot – but if you’re expecting one to be there you’re far more likely to see it in good time.
“A serious collision could be avoided – no matter whose fault it is.”
And my fellow bikers – please also slow down at junctions and be aware of the danger.