Thought-provoking new videos are being launched to encourage learner drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists Image: Open Government Licence v3.0

Thought-provoking new videos to encourage learner drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has made computer-generated (CGI) videos to encourage learner drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.

The videos will become part of DVSA’s official learning materials and education products. They will help to improve the safety of motorcyclists, by encouraging learner drivers to be more aware of them when driving. The videos will not be part of the theory test.

The videos have been made with the help of road safety campaigner and keen biker Ria Brisland. Ria’s 19-year-old son, Nick, died in April 2015 after being involved in a collision with a car while riding his motorcycle. Ria said:

“Getting everyone to be aware of their fellow road users at all times is essential if we are to prevent collisions and the devastating consequences they can have on families.

“These new clips are thought-provoking and will make a difference to the way people look for bikers. They may prove the difference between life and death.”

Why the clips are being introduced

In 2017, motorcyclists accounted for 19% of all deaths of Great Britain’s roads*, despite only making up around 1% of all road traffic.

During the year, 2,656 motorcyclists were involved in accidents resulting from a driver or rider failing to look properly. This was 17% of all accidents involving motorcycles.

It’s vital that all drivers know how to spot motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users and take appropriate action. This is particularly important for learners, which is why the clips are being made part of the learning materials.

The new videos show how easily motorcyclists can be missed by road users, resulting in tragic consequences.

Looking out for vulnerable road users when driving

The Highway Code section on road users requiring extra care explains what all road users should do to look out for vulnerable road users.

It includes:

  • Always looking for motorcyclists before you emerge from a junction
  • When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic, looking out for motorcyclists on the inside of the traffic you are crossing
  • Checking mirrors and blind spots carefully

The THINK! website has more advice for all road users and more information about motorcycle safety.

*Source: Reported road casualties Great Britain, annual report: 2017