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To help prevent fatigue when riding you should: To help prevent fatigue when riding you should:

  • A. Ride in short sleeves shirt with no gloves to allow the wind to keep you awake.

  • B. Dress to protect yourself fully from wind, heat, cold and rain and not ride any longer than two hours at a time.

  • C. Stop and rest at least every four hours.

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. Riding a motorcycle is more fatiguing than driving a car. Take a break at least every two hours, and ensure your clothing is appropriate for the weather conditions.
     
 
 
 

Reducing fatigue when riding a motorbike

Riding a motorbike is more tiring than driving a car. Use the correct riding posture – a relaxed riding position – to reduce fatigue and improve control. Sit on the bike so that you can reach the handlebars with your arms slightly bent – this will allow you to have fast effective control without affecting the balance; sitting too far back will affect the weight distribution and make the steering feel light. Look directly ahead of you where you want to go, not down at the road immediately in front of you.

Note that should not have to change your riding position if you are carrying a pillion passenger.

You are more likely to have an accident within your normal sleeping hours, for example 11pm to 7am.

Clothing

You will need to choose your clothing based on the weather conditions. You should always wear protective clothing particularly constructed for riding a motorbike as it will help protect you against injuries if you have an accident. But the clothing should also not be too loose or too tight, and should keep you warm (but not hot) and dry. Read our guide to motorbike protective clothing here.

Taking breaks

Riding a motorcycle is more fatiguing than driving a car. Take a break at least every two hours. Stretch, walk around and make sure you are not dehydrated.