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Why do motorcyclists get into accidents and what to do about it? Expert opinion

On September 6, the Second International Moto Dzhimkhana Cup started – International Gymkhana Cup 2019, within the framework of which a round table was held on one of the most pressing problems in the field of road traffic – the quality of training for motorcyclists in Russia and in European countries. The event brought together many athletes of different levels of experience.

The round table was attended by motorcycle culture figures and a representative of the traffic police department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The speakers of the meeting were:

– multiple European champion in Motojimkhana Richard van Schouwenburg (Netherlands)
– the organizer of the motojimkhana movement in Russia, the creator of the network motorcycle school A, the creator of the methodology for teaching motorcyclists Sergey Pekutko
– organizer of Motojimkhana in Latvia, instructor for cat A Aleksey Andreev.
– the founder of Motojimkhana in Belarus Maxim Sinkevich
– organizer of Motojimkhana in Estonia Valery Abelianov.
– Instructor of Moto School A, organizer of Motojimkhana in Pskov Dmitry Ivanov
– the founder of the Pskov motorcycle club “Positive Mechanics” Alexander Bushuev

The meeting began with statistics provided by a representative of the traffic police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which looks disappointing against the background of data from European countries. Among the accidents involving motorcyclists, the following reasons stand out:

  • overturning
  • collisions and collisions with obstacles
  • over speed
  • violation of the sequence of passage of intersections
  • riding without a helmet
  • driving without permission and documents

Motorcyclists were found guilty in only half of the cases. These are mainly accidents due to a violation of the sequence of passage, when the motorcyclist did not give way, as well as a violation of the sequence of passage of the intersection.

Why are motorcyclists so often involved in accidents?

– Motorists are obviously much better protected than motorcyclists, but if you compare the number of hours to study before passing the exam, they are completely different. A motorist in a driving school is trained more thoroughly and by the hour is incomparably more, – Dmitry Ivanov complains. – If a motorcyclist was trained as a motorist, the approach would be different. If there was an exam in the city, a motorcyclist would be prepared in a completely different way! In European countries, a motorcyclist is followed by a car with an instructor, and all actions are spoken over the radio. In Russia, passing the exam now includes only theory and practice on the site, without leaving the city. Therefore, after passing the exams, the motorcyclist is left alone and practically does not know how to do anything, except how to keep balance and perform the elements that he taught for the exam.

“They don’t know how to read signs, they don’t know how to behave in a stream,” adds Sergei Pekutko.

In Russia, there is no gradation by which you can get access to a powerful motorcycle in accordance with the experience and age of the driver. In Europe, this practice has been justifying itself for a long time, – say the participants and consider it the same problem as the level of training in some schools.

– A person takes the exam on a practically moped, and then buys a liter motorcycle with which he cannot cope, – says Alexander Bushuev. – Nowadays, a motorcycle is a very serious means of increased danger and a means of reduced comfort.

Another important problem in the training of motorcyclists, the speakers called outdated standards in auto-motorcycle schools, after which a motorcyclist does not know how to drive a motorcycle fully.

– A person gets a license, that is, he essentially gets the right to drive, but he does not always know how to do it safely, – said Alexey Andreev.

– Now the training of motorcyclists in most schools is carried out according to the standards developed at another time, when there was no calculation for such powerful motorcycles and there was no such active traffic, – confirms the representative of the traffic police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Equipment problem. People do not wear equipment, and then they are injured much more than they could with protection. What do you do about it?

– Unfortunately, this is a very urgent problem when pilots ride in shorts or slippers. We call it “nanoequipment,” says Dmitry Ivanov, an instructor of Moto School A, organizer of Motojimkhana in Pskov.

– If a driver falls a couple of times on a training site, for example, on a motojimkhana, he will quickly understand that the equipment was not invented in vain, – answers the organizer of Motojimkhana in Latvia, an instructor in cat A, Alexey Andreev. “Falling on the training ground is much better than decomposing in the city. On the site, a person falls at low speeds and does not risk anyone’s life. A similar solution applies to preparing the motorcycle for training. If the bike is equipped with protective bars or cages, this significantly reduces the consequences of falls. It will be much more expensive to crash in heavy traffic, and the arcs are very useful outside the training track.

What are the participants of the roundtable proposing to improve the training of motorcyclists in Russia?

Based on these problems, it is necessary to work on the training of motorcyclists and the conditions for admitting drivers to too powerful motorcycles.

“Motorcyclists learn quickly if they are given the correct instructions,” says the founder of Motojimkhana in Belarus, Maksim Sinkevich.

– Additional education for motorcyclists can be a good way out of this situation. Directions such as motojimkhana are needed to practice skills. Motojimkhana is divided into sports and civil, – says the organizer of Motojimkhana in Estonia Valery Abelianov

Many schools use motojimhana to train drivers for an advanced level. Or the pilots themselves turn to schools where they could improve their skills after obtaining a driver’s license.

– Now the exercises that motorcyclists practice for passing the exam do not help the driver in a real situation, – thinks the organizer of the motorcycle movement in Russia, the creator of the network motorcycle school A, the creator of the motorcycle training methodology Sergey Pekutko – Where it is necessary to practice emergency braking, switching skills are tested neutral or how the rider is accelerating. We need to practice those skills that will save a person in a stalemate. The ability to correctly and effectively brake and maneuver urgently is what should be assessed on passing exams.

The European Champion in Motojimhana Richard van Schouwenburg, invited to the event, shared the experience of the sites he participated in.

– People from the regions come to big cities to find conditions for training, in small towns there are no such sites. The authorities are trying to support such events, because it helps people to acquire new useful skills.

– Authorities need to promote and support because they are interested in making drivers more experienced. This helps to reduce road accidents, – continues Dmitry Ivanov. – We believe that to improve the situation on the roads among motorcyclists, the support of government agencies is necessary. Even the support of the administration so that training or training courses can be carried out. It is necessary to increase the teaching hours and add the passing of the exam in the city. It is imperative to introduce a system for obtaining rights in accordance with age, as in European countries. Work to improve the social responsibility of motorcyclists and motorists.

Results of the meeting

The accident rate on the roads of Russia among motorcyclists is higher than in European countries, so it was interesting to listen to the suggestions of experienced instructors and discuss the reasons for such statistics on accidents. Unfortunately, at the moment, the lion’s share of the solution to the problem is stalled at a very early stage, namely, on the quality of training for novice drivers, because of which people, after obtaining a license, seek to improve their skills on the side or learn by trial and error, often at risk your own life.

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