Minister for Roads Terry Mulder today launched a short animation to help spread an important safety message to the motorcycling community.
Mr Mulder said the animation, developed by VicRoads, is part of a new campaign to show riders the life-saving benefits of motorcycle Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS).
“Motorcyclists are more at risk than others on the road. In fact they have the highest ratio of the state’s serious and fatal injuries making up 14 per cent, even though they account for just one per cent of the traffic,” Mr Mulder said.
“Research shows that motorcycles with ABS are 37 per cent less likely to be involved in fatal crashes compared with motorcycles which don’t have ABS.”
“That’s why it’s vital to get the message out there; ABS can really help save lives.”
Mr Mulder said the Motorcycle Anti-Lock Braking Systems: Improving rider safety animation clip shows two common motorcycle-versus-vehicle crash scenarios. Both scenarios demonstrate the potential outcomes ‘with’ and ‘without’ ABS.
“The animation shows us how ABS technology works by preventing the motorcycle’s wheel, or wheels, from locking during braking,” Mr Mulder said.
“The clip demonstrates just how big a difference ABS can make to the distance it takes to stop, while staying in control. We are shown how normal brakes can lock the wheels in an emergency, resulting in skidding, reduced stability and ultimately causing the rider to lose control.
“When braking with ABS, sensors detect wheel speed and adjust the braking pressure to prevent the wheel from locking. The clip shows that by keeping the wheel moving the rider can keep the motorcycle stable and upright and come to a stop at a shorter distance, significantly reducing the risk of crashing.”
Mr Mulder said VicRoads consulted with motorcycling stakeholders, including the Motorcycling Advisory Group, in developing this animation.
“I urge motorcyclists to take a look at this informative clip and remember that ABS on your motorcycle could save your life and the lives of others,” Mr Mulder said.
Visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/MotorcycleABS to view the clip and find out more.