Safely moving away on a motorcycle (MOD 2 test)

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Moving away

Moving away

After pulling over or stopping, candidates are asked to ‘move away when ready’. The key part of this instruction is ‘when ready’ and supports the importance of not rushing. Candidates should select first-gear, carry out effective all round observations, prepare to pull away and indicate if necessary. A ‘lifesaver’ must then precede the actual manoeuvre of moving away.

Where possible, candidates should remain close to the kerb, where stalling would pose less of a road hazard than moving off at an angle and straight into the path of other road users. Having pulled away successfully, cancel signal and get up to speed so that any following traffic is not held up.

Key points to remember:

  • Use good forward/rearward observations
  • Signal if necessary and ensure it is clear
  • Carry out a ‘lifesaver’ before moving away
  • Stay straight initially when pulling away, in case the bike stalls
  • Cancel signal and get up to speed

“Use plenty of throttle so as not to stall the bike and slip the clutch, don’t be in a hurry to move away.” – Russell Binns, Motorcycle Instructor & Advanced Rider (IAM & RoSPA).

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