I harp on SMOOTH: Always be aware of what's going on in ALL directions around you. If you anticipate, you can be a much smoother driver. If changing lanes, you should generally be able to complete a change without impacting on surrounding traffic, whether merging in or out. It's a dance. Signal your intentions.
Good Riding techniques go a LONG way if you're driving. Substitute car for motorcycle! This is roughly stolen from the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation): SIPDE
Good experienced riders remain aware of what is going on around them. They improve their riding strategy by using SIPDE, a 5-step process used to make appropriate judgments, and apply them correctly in different traffic situations:
Search aggressively ahead, to the sides and behind to avoid potential hazards even before they arise. How assertively you search, and how much time and space you have, can eliminate or reduce harm. Focus even more on finding potential escape routes in or around intersections, shopping areas, school and construction zones.
* Oncoming traffic that may turn left in front of you.
* Traffic coming from the left and right.
* Traffic approaching from behind.
Be especially alert in areas with limited visibility. Visually "busy" surroundings could hide you and your motorcycle from others.
Locate hazards and potential conflicts.
* Vehicles and other motorcycles -- may move into your path and increase collision impact.
* Pedestrians and animals -- are unpredictable, and make short, quick moves.
* Stationary objects -- potholes, guard rails, bridges, roadway signs, hedges, or trees won't move into your path but may influence your riding strategy.
Consider speed, distance, and direction of hazards to anticipate how they may affect you. Cars moving into your path are more critical than those moving away or remaining stationary.
Predict where a collision may occur. Completing this "what if. ..?" phase to estimate results of contacting or attempting to avoid a hazard depends on your knowledge and experience.
Decide when, where, and how to act based on types of hazards you encounter:
* Single Hazard
* Multiple Hazards
Weigh consequences of each hazard separately, whether single or multiple hazards are involved.
In high potential risk areas, such as intersections, shopping areas, school and construction zones, cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce the time you need to react.
To create more space and minimize harm from any hazard:
* Communicate your presence with lights and/or horn.
* Adjust your speed by accelerating, stopping or slowing.
* Adjust your position and/or direction.
Apply the old adage "one step at a time" to handle two or more hazards. Adjust speed to permit two hazards to separate. Then deal with them one at a time as single hazards. Decision making becomes more complex with three or more hazards. Weigh consequences of each and give equal distance to the hazards.
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- Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), Scott Paterson , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:34:49
- dead of winter driver training in Canada, JohnA , Thu, 24 Mar 2005 10:51:39
- First thing Dad said was: You may save a few....., andy , Wed, 23 Mar 2005 18:52:34
- Click and Clack said, JT Tucson, Wed, 23 Mar 2005 12:39:59
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), Caspar, Wed, 23 Mar 2005 07:53:32
- GREAT THREAD... SIPDE and Smoothly.... (long...), mdj, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 22:31:10
- #4 addendum, Dan W, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:22:48
- Mostly already been said but..., Drew in Houston, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 12:09:53
- Leave enough stopping time!!!, turrbo , Tue, 22 Mar 2005 12:01:01
- No Tailgating........, KB900psi, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:41:44
- Relax..., KL, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 07:48:21
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), Tom Young, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 05:21:50
- Monitoring devices have improved!, SDP, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 05:12:55
- momentum=mv^2. slow down. u'l only lose 2 minutes n/m, chrisx, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 22:21:31
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), PR, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 20:00:29
- Physics 101, Rafe , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 19:43:09
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), BZF, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 19:25:37
- This one's unique. My dad always drilled me to, EricG, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 19:18:04
- Very true...., KB900psi, Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:47:27
- Yup, that and the "Big Picture", ChuckD , Tue, 22 Mar 2005 06:37:59
- dads, Scott Paterson , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 19:51:46
- Re: dads, EricG, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 20:25:59
- Re: .Pay attention to your driving and what, BobS, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 18:36:03
- Turn signals, turn signals, turn signals...!, AlexP, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 18:21:33
- Don't park 3" next to me so you have to ding my door, NickR, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 18:20:56
- Don't forget weaving..., Rich, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 17:50:21
- My peeve. When turning onto a multi-lane road...., saw, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:37:28
- Fear and respect..... and #5, Mike Lynch , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:32:56
- Yeah, I know i'm young., TheKillerPenguin, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:28:36
- Passing Lane, Michael, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:07:26
- MERGE AT SPEED!!!!, Trev, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:57:58
- my aussie contribution..., sab, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:54:31
- And I just happen to have one...., Noel , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:40:36
- Let others in, especially if not in SUV's, and don't, Mike in Anchorage , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:06:57
- Watch out for Bicycles...., SilverAeroGuy, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:33:34
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), Yaofeng, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:16:30
- Boy are you wrong, Saabpilot , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:15:10
- rule for highbeams, isobel, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:29:13
- And don't forget the foglights, especially in the rear., dmz789, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 14:34:40
- I've received complaints a couple of times, AndyR , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:07:29
- rear fog, saw, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 16:49:26
- Re: And don't forget the foglights, especially in the rear., TheKillerPenguin, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 14:40:14
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), JimBlake , Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:10:45
- Oh yeah go to Europe for driver training, NickR, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:09:32
- Shouldn't see yourself in mirrors!!!, dparadis, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:05:51
- winter driving module, Erik, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:48:09
- Re: Things to Teach Young Drivers... ;-), J, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:44:56
- hehe, NickR, Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:50:04
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