Two Wheelers

In many countries motorcycles and motorised scooters (mopeds) are the primary means of motorised transport. These vehicles are commonly referred to as ‘two wheelers’.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of two wheelers in emerging markets is the lack of public transport services combined with the affordability of two wheelers. In some locations, congestion levels also trigger the increased use of two wheelers. As congestion levels increase – particularly during traffic jams – people choose to travel by two wheeler rather than by car. Consequently, road safety has become a matter of critical concern.

The problem? There are a growing number of injuries and deaths occurring from two wheeler crashes.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million people are killed in road crashes each year and as many as 50 million are injured or disabled. Almost half of those who die in road crashes are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Within this section you will find everything you need to know about two wheeler road safety including risks, safety tips, advice on helmet use and links to other sources of useful information.

Risk factors

Factors such as speed, not wearing helmets, and riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs contribute to the rising trend of injuries and...

Are you fit to ride?

You need a clear head when riding a two wheeler as you need to have 100% alertness and 100% concentration. If you answer YES to...

Two wheeler maintenance checklist

MAINTENANCE You should have your tyres and brakes regularly checked by a qualified mechanic and have the vehicle professionally serviced in accordance with manufacturer directions...

Rider guide: Two wheeler road safety

WHENEVER YOU ARE RIDING, FOLLOW THESE ROAD RULES Always ride with your hands on the handlebars STOP and check for traffic in both directions when leaving...

Helmets and safety wear

CRASH HELMETS All riders and passengers must wear a helmet while riding Wearing a helmet correctly can reduce the risk of death by almost 40% and...

Carrying passengers and loads

CARRYING PASSENGERS Riding a two wheeler can be more challenging when carrying a passenger. It affects how the vehicle handles and is therefore best left...