New videos to help learners improve motorcyclist awareness

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a selection of videos to encourage learner drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.


The realistic computer-generated (CGI) videos have been made with the help of road safety campaigner and keen biker Ria Brisland.


The videos will become part of DVSA’s official learning materials and education products. They will help 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.


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."


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.


Mark Winn, DVSA’s chief driving examiner, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.


“These important new clips, created with Ria, will aid driver and rider training and protect vulnerable motorcyclists. We’ll be using them in our educational products and on social media to help drivers keep a lookout for motorcyclists.”


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