DEAR DEIDRE: I AM worried about telling my family that I am learning to ride a motorbike.
My grandfather died aged 24 in a motorbike accident.
I’m a single guy turning 40 later this year and the motorbike is on my bucket list.
I take my test next month.
My grandmother said she never wants to see me on a motorbike.
She lost her husband when she was 23 and my dad was a baby, so I am sensitive to how she feels.
I’ve told my dad and he’s OK, but he agrees my mum and nan will not be happy.
I don’t want to upset them but I can’t keep this secret for ever.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It would be sad to be scared off something you really want to do because of a tragic accident many years ago.
Motorbike riders are more likely to suffer harm on the roads than people in a car.
That said, under-25s come to grief far more than older riders, and accident figures have fallen dramatically over recent decades with better training and awareness.
Reassure your mum and grandmother that you are sensible and aware of the risks – and remember that when on the road.
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