Begin by taking short journeys. This will get you used to your bike and will build your confidence. When you are comfortable with your riding style gradually increase your riding time you can then gradually build up to long journeys.
Make sure you carry waterproofs with you whatever the weather. Wear several layers to make sure you stay warm and make regular watering stops to avoid dehydration.
You are more at risk on the road than other motorists, so keeping your headlight on at all times will make you more visible to other road users.
This will make you more aware of their actions and any sudden movements they may make.
Take a 'lifesaver glance' over your shoulder before carrying out any manoeuvre, so that you become aware of the whereabouts of other motorists.
Always allow enough time to slow down and stop, especially in wet, foggy or icy conditions.
Take frequent stops to make sure you stay alert.
Regular maintenance, including checking brakes and oil checks, will ensure safe riding.
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