|發表於: 星期二 三月 15, 2005 2:49 pm 文章主題: basic riding skills for safety!
|I think this is a must read for all who ride bikes here. It's good stuff to know!
STREET STRATEGIES ( must read )
Watch drivers' heads and mirrors
Watching the head movements of drivers through their windows and mirrors is an excellent way to anticipate sudden moves.
Most drivers won't lunge left or right without first moving their heads one way or another (even if they don't check their mirrors).
Trust your mirrors, but not totally
your bike'smirrors can be life -savers but they don't always tell
the entire story even if they are adjusted properly.
In traffic always buttress your mirror generated rear view with a glance over the appropriate shoulder .
Do it quickly and you'll add an extra measure of rear-view and blind spot knowledge to your info gathering tasks.
Never get between a vehicle and an off ramp
This sounds almost too simple but drivers who decide to exit at
the last minute kill plenty of riders each year .
The simple rule then, is to never position yourself between a vehicle and an offramp.
Passing on the right is generally a no-no ,but in this day and age it's sometimes necessary.
So if you do it do so between exits or cross streets .
Cover your brakes
In traffic you must often react extra quickly,which means not fumbling for the brake lever or pedal.
To minimize each time always keep a finger or two on the brake lever and your right toe close to the rear brake pedal .
When that cell phone -yakking dorkus cuts across your path trying
to get to the 7-Eleven for a burito supreme, you'll be ready.
Make sure drivers and pedestrians can see you , even from a distance .
Ride with your high beams on during the day ( as a courtesy turn it off when sitting behing someone at a light ) and wear brightly colored gear , especailly your helmet and jacket.
Be ready with power
In traffic ride in a gear lower than you normally would so your bike is ready to jump forward instantly if asked ( Not evreyone rides open- class twins , after all ). Doing so gives you the option of leaping ahead instead of being limited to just using the brakes when that pickup suddenly moves over.The higher revs might also alert more cagers to your presence.
Traffic slowing ? stay left (or right )
Whenn traffic slows suddenly stay to tyhe left or right of the car infront of you . This will give you an escape route if needed , it will also keep you from becoming a hod ornament if the car behind you fails to stop in time. Onceyou've stopped , be ready- clutch in , your bike in gear and your eyes on the mirrors. You never know
Practice the scan
Constantly scanning your entire enviroment while riding -from instruments to mirrors to the road ahead to blind spots to your left and right rear- keeps you aware and in touch with your situation , and therefore better to react . Dwelling on one area too long - watching only behind or in front of you, for instanceis just begging for trouble.
Left turn treachery
When approaching an oncoming car that's stopped and about to turn left , be ready . Your brights should be on so the driver can see you ( during the day ) but don't rely on this to save you .Watch the car's wheels or the driver's hands on the steering wheel if you see movement be ready to brake , swerve or accele, whichever seems best for the situation.
Study the surface
Add asphalt conditions to your scan. Be on the lookout for spilled oil , antifreeze or fuel , it'llusually show up as shiny pavement . Also keep an eye out for gravel and/or sand which is usually more difficult to see . Use your sense of smell too. often you can smell spilled diesel fuel before your tires discover how slippery the stuff is.
Ride in open zones
Use your bike's power and maneuverability to ride in open zones in traffic . In any grouping of vehicles there are always some gaps , fing these and ride in them .
Doing so will sepaerate you from four - wheelers , give you additional room to maneuver and allow you to keep away from dangerous blind spots . And vary your speed
Riding along with the flow can make invisible to other drivers especailly in heavy traffic.
Use that thumb
Get into the habit of canceling your turn signals often regardless of the traffic situation . A blinking signal might tell drivers waiting to pull into the road or turning left infront of you that you are about to turn when you aren't. So push that switch a few times each minute. Better to wear out that switch than eat a Hummer's hood , eh ?
It's good to be thin
A huge advantage single-track vehicles over four- wheelers
is their ability to move left and right within a lane to enable the rider to see what's ahead or through their windsheilds,seeing what's coming can give you lots of extras time to react .
More than one way out
Yeah., motorcycles fall down , but they're also light, narrowand hugely maneuverable , so you might as well learn to exploit their
strengths when things get ugly, right ? So don't just brake hard in a hairball situation . There's almost always an escape route. Swerving into Mrs, Smith's front yard could be a lot better then centerpunching the Buick that turned left in front of you .
Always have an escape route planned and update it minute by minute.
This one'e easy and we'll bet most of youalready do it
let larger vehicles run interference for you when negotiating intersections .If the bonehead coming toward you from the left or right is going to blow the light , better they hit the box van next to you , right ?For the same reasons , don't lunge through an intersection as soon as the light turns green . Be patient and use the vehicles next to you as cover
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