It has been calculated that incorrect braking occurs as a factor in 10 per cent of motorcycle accidents. It is normally recommended that motorcyclists should use both brakes, applying the front brake marginally before the back one (the `official view'). However, it does appear that some riders believe that it is wise to avoid using the front brake. Driving test results, roadside observations and interviews with riders all showed quite high proportions of riders braking in a different way to that which is recommended. Although both brakes are often used, there are many instances where one brake only is applied and, when this occurs, it is very much more likely that the back brake will be used alone than the front brake alone. Greater emphasis during training on how to brake correctly may help new riders, but it may prove more difficult to get at experienced riders to persuade them to brake in the way that the `official view' advocates. (A)

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