Catch up on ‘the magnificent seven’ biker tips from IAM RoadSmart

Blog post posted on 13/11/18 |

Do you know what the magnificent seven are? Ahead of Road Safety Week, IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, have put together some crucial riding tips.

Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, gives advice on riding during inclement weather.

We always advise never to ride in bad weather conditions, however, this is sometimes unavoidable as your morning journey may be full of bright sunny skies which can then turn into unexpected wind and rain during the afternoon.


  • Ensure your screen and visor are in good condition and consider using an anti-fog insert or product


  • Deep water may cause aquaplaning. If this happens, gently close the throttle and retain a firm grip on the handlebars, do not brake or attempt to steer as any input is likely to be excessive when the grip returns. The grip will return within a short time. If possible, avoid standing water

Snow and ice

  • The best advice is to avoid riding in snow and ice, however, if you do get caught out in it, beware of micro climates in shaded areas where ice will form first. If you are riding in the snow your machine will have much reduced grip and take longer to stop. Brake only in a straight line and be gentle with the throttle. Weight on the foot pegs will improve the centre of gravity 


  • Coarse steering input may induce a skid. Be smooth with steering in order not to break grip. If you have to steer, do it gently until you are back to the course you wish the machine to follow, and try not to brake whilst cornering as the bike will slide


  • Be aware of the effect of extreme cold. Make sure your motorcycle kit is fit for the job concentration is adversely affected by the cold

High winds

  • Keep in mind the wind will change when passing a high-sided vehicle so ensure you give them sufficient space, and if you see them being affected by the wind, don’t pass


  • Be especially careful if crossing exposed bridges where wind conditions will change

Richard said: “Motorcycling should be fun, planning to ride in extreme conditions is likely to take the fun out of the ride.

“If you are travelling in wet and windy conditions make sure you have kitted up properly, the first drop of rain that gets in will open the floodgates. Snow and ice are not conducive to two-wheeled travel, what is fun off-road is challenging on-road and best avoided.

“If the temperature is forecast to be close to freezing when you leave, how will it be for your return?”    

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Notes to editors:

  1. Richard Gladman is IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards.
  2. IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

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