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Distance in traffic and the concept of “bike buffer”

The concept of distance has been hammered into us for a long time in the motorcycle school. And common sense also dictates that it is better to have a gap in front of the car in progress in case of unexpected braking.

The trouble is that in dense traffic, everyone squeezes each other, as if this would allow them to slip through the traffic jam over their heads in record time. Motorcyclists use the aisle, but it is not always possible to squeeze between the rows.

Let’s take as an example a situation when you do not have the opportunity to cut through the cork and have to smoke behind some voluminous machine, getting in from the side of which is tantamount to erasing the plastic on the body.

Bike buffer refers to the situation when you have reduced the distance so that during emergency braking your motorcycle becomes a buffer between the bumpers of two cars. You will either be squeezed by the car in front and the next, or you will receive a strong blow from the abrupt stop of the first one, you will crash into it and the back car will stick into you with a steam locomotive.

The answer to this situation is obvious – do not rush and do not close the distance. If they start pinching you, you slow down to widen the gap and leave room for maneuver.

The second tip will be your position within the strip. You do not need to go in the very middle or to the right, even when the speed of the stream is equal to the speed of a lame, Pompeii-worn snail. Positioning to the left within the row gives you extra vision and makes you stand out from the crowd.

Moreover, you get the opportunity to follow much further than the car in front, which means that you will begin to brake at the same time, if not earlier, the driver in front of you.

And the last advantage in increasing the distance is that you will not fall into a hole that a motorist will miss between the wheels.

I would also like to remind you that apart from the distance we are considering the concept of “lateral interval”, no, I will not cite the rules of traffic rules. I just draw your attention to the fact that when a motorcyclist is already flying in the aisle, then most likely there will be a car that did not expect him and therefore twitches to the side. When a motorcycle is already riding parallel to you in the adjacent aisle, do not rush. Let him slip through so that it does not happen that the lateral gap will simply disappear and the unknown motobrother will accidentally send a car at you, for which you are in the blind spot.

Be sure to keep an eye on the distance inside heavy traffic. Becoming a buffer between two machines is a very unpleasant situation and indecently expensive repairs!

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