Drivers in Ireland are being urged to be aware of motorcyclists following a rise in deaths.

This year 18 motorcyclists have already died on Ireland’s roads, an increase of five compared to 2021.

Now the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Motorcycle Association are appealing to motorists to look out for riders.

“As someone who tests motorcyclists and is a keen motorcyclist, I have first-hand experience of the challenges that motorcyclists face daily on the road,” said Stefan Auler, Regional Manager, Driver Testing, RSA.

“Visibility is often a factor in motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles. Because of its narrow profile, a motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots such as the door and roof pillars or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a car like bushes, fences, and bridges.

“Drivers should always assume motorcyclists are closer than they appear. Their speed and distance are difficult to judge, especially at intersections. Look twice before turning right or left, crossing junctions and when changing lanes.”

Mr Auler also appealed for motorcyclists to wear the correct PPE and ride with dipped headlights on, to increase visibility.