The Highway Code should have been read and its instructions observed.

Constant attention to the job in hand is essential when driving. The mind should not be allowed to wander, nor should any distractions interfere with the control of the machine.

When riding take no foolish risks, and be on the alert always for lapses on the part of other road users so as to avoid the results of their folly. In other words assume that other drivers are liable to do the wrong thing, and do not always expect them to signal their intentions.

Remember that old people, children, and animals often act precipitately and may wander on to the road without warning. Excessive speed may prevent the rider taking avoiding action. Watch side roads and intersections. Another driver may disregard a " Halt " sign.

Away from built-up areas it is not safe to assume that the road ahead round a bend, or beyond a hump-backed bridge is clear. Someone coming the other way may think the same. Cattle are often encountered unexpectedly.

Beware of the over-confidence, usually misplaced, that comes after short experience. Be courteous and considerate to all other road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

Do not attempt high averages from place to place, and do not in any circumstance race against other machines. There is far too much traffic on the roads to-day to take any chances. Remember that in organised races the roads are clear of other traffic, the competitors are all going in the same direction, and are usually highly skilled riders.

There are no prizes for " getting there first " in everyday riding, and it is better to be a few minutes late in this world than many years too early in the next.