In fact, on the one hand, there are many rules for safe driving, on the other hand, they all boil down to a call for prudence. For example, the power of a motorcycle and self-control are two trump cards that can get the driver out of any even the most ugly situation. But they can also lead to an accident when there is a lot of power and little control.
We have already discussed some of the rules that help motorcyclists in city driving and outside busy traffic:
What else needs to be considered?
Become more visible
It would seem much more noticeable? But it is motorcyclists who think everyone can see them. In fact, motorists and pedestrians, to put it mildly, are not up to us. Motorists primarily think in large objects on the road, track the movement of cars and only then, if they notice, motorcyclists.
In addition, there are additional factors such as weather conditions, limited visibility and other illusory tricks that affect the perception of road users. To stand out on the road in a good way, you can use bright gear. In rain or fog, bright raincoats will suit gorgeous, they are not made for nothing in such acid colors! Don’t forget reflective vests!
To be visible, you also need to occupy the appropriate place within the strip. Try to spend as little time as possible in the blind spots of other road users. Put yourself in the driver’s shoes. He does not wait in the aisle for a hindrance and may not see a motorcycle behind the car.
Avoid positions that others might mistake for a free rebuild space.
For example, let’s say you decide to drive along the curb between two cars for some reason. The car that goes to overtake sees an empty “window” and does not know that it is occupied by you. Naturally, when the car comes closer and the driver notices you, he will not rebuild, but what if the oncoming traffic does not give time to complete the maneuver? The car will have to either brake or push you urgently. Why such an adventure? Just think if your position inside the strip might seem like a comfortable free space to someone?
Keep track of the situation and look for side routes
You rely on safety by choosing your place in the lane and even the distance.
It can be difficult for beginners to immediately follow the space around them: track cars, pedestrians, observe signs, rebuild in time, do not ram someone’s bumper … Later, the first-seasons get used to it, and everything goes like clockwork. How often do you look for an alternative maneuvering route for yourself? Leaving yourself some room for turning or braking in case of unexpected interference? Does the thought occur to you that if the car in front stops abruptly now, then I …. What? How do you get into the lane before the bend? Just because we were driving on the left or right edge?
The flow rate in the city is a kind of limiter that allows people to relax, because it is predictable. But when someone needs more than anyone else, you have to rely only on yourself and the speed of reaction. Before maneuvering, think, if something happens, suddenly someone does not give you the way, will you have a place to dodge?
When adjacent lanes are very densely occupied, leave a little more distance for yourself in case of necessary maneuver or braking.
Focusing on the front wheels of the cars in front will also help you navigate the flow. The driver may forget to turn on the turn signal, but the wheels will turn anyway.
Driver behavior can also predict the turn of the vehicle. The driver will look in the direction of the turn more often, you will notice how often he turns his head and looks out for a route.
Increase your distance on dusty and rocky roads.
If cars kick up dust, then this will definitely not play into your hands. And getting a stone from under the wheels is not pleasant enough. All of the above is a sure sign to slow down and not rush.
Do not hurry
Remember this simple truth:
“The fastest is the most vulnerable.”
At higher speeds, the motorcycle is easier to unbalance. The higher the speed, the less time it takes to react. More speed – stronger impact in a collision: the law of speed on mass has not been canceled. Any hole the wheel hits can lead to a wobble or a fall.
Increased speed can be afforded by those who clearly understand the traffic situation around them and can plan a route based on their reaction and braking distance.
In a city, rushing can be especially fraught, so it is useful to develop the following habits:
- Monitor the situation around you
- Look for alternate ways to maneuver
- Select the correct position within the flow
- Be visible
- Take your time when you don’t need it