You’ve got your exciting new license and you’re ready to take to the roads. Sometimes, though, excitement can get the better of us, which can lead to some rookie errors along the way.
Of course, we all make mistakes, and these mistakes can help us to learn even more and improve our riding skills along the way. But, for a new rider that’s still a little wet behind the ears when it comes to properly riding, some simple mistakes can have costly consequences. Our tips will help you make the real learning as simple and as safe as possible.
The truth is that, even though you’ve passed your test, you still haven’t learnt everything there is to know about riding. Getting out on the road and experiencing everything the road has to offer is the way to build up your skills and confidence.
But hopping on the biggest, fastest bike and tearing up the road straight away is a recipe for disaster. You need to take it easy, slowly building up your ride time on a smaller, slower bike first to make sure you know exactly what to do should you face any hazards.
The same goes for when you want to head out for a group ride before you feel confident riding on your own. When riding with friends, you might feel as though you want to keep up with the experienced riders. Pushing yourself harder at such an early stage could be very dangerous, so as much as you want to ride with your mates, it might be best to build up your skills as above first.
You’ve got your new bike, now you just need the gear to go with it. Proper riding gear is essential for rookie riders, especially for those more prone to making mistakes. Good leathers act as protection against the road surface. Just riding in a t shirt and jeans isn’t going to provide you with the protection you need if you come off your bike, so make sure you get kitted out properly to ensure your safety.
Eyes forward just isn’t going to do it. You need to make sure you have total perception of where you are and what’s going on around you. You’re far less protected in a car, and often less easier to see, so you need to be even more cautious about that pedestrian approaching a crossing or the car about to change lane.
Having said that, you need to ensure you don’t just focus on any hazards ahead as you are much more likely to hit it if you’re looking at it. Instead look at where you want to be to avoid the oncoming hazard.