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6 Topics Covered ã See – Observation – Hazard perception ã Think – Assess the risk – Choose a solution ã Do – Speed control – Steering – Space margins – Communication ã Using See-Think-Do See-Think-Do In the previous chapters, you began developing your road sense by learning the basics of riding: a good riding attitude; your motorcycle and gear; signs, signals and markings; and rules of the road. This chapter will bring together all these concepts and describe how to use them as part of See-Thi
  65 6  See-Think-Do In the previous chapters, you began developing your road sense by learning the basics of riding: a good riding attitude; yourmotorcycle and gear; signs, signals and markings; and rules of the road. This chapter will bring together all these concepts anddescribe how to use them as part of See-Think-Do — a drivingstrategy that helps you to be a safe and competent rider. See — Scan for hazards. Pay attention to other road users and theareas where hazards could occur. Think — Decide which hazards are the most dangerous. Thinkquickly about possible solutions. Decide on the safest solution. Do — React appropriately to keep yourself and others safe. See-Think-Do Whenever you ride, your eyes should be scanning the areaaround you to gather information. Good observation involvesknowing how and where to look. The next step is hazardperception — knowing what to look for.  Observation Good observation involves looking ahead, beside and behind.   Thinking Like a Rider  You’re riding along a city street, keeping your eyes moving all thetime. You check your mirrors — the car behind is keeping its distance.There’s an intersection ahead and the light is green. You scan theintersection. It looks clear. But the oncoming driver has his left turnsignal on. Will he see you coming through or will he cut in front of  you? You check your mirrors — is there enough space behind you if  you have to slow down quickly?  Strategies: The Observation Cycle Always keep your eyes moving while you are riding: ã Look well ahead. ã Scan from one side of the road to the other, checking forpotential hazards. Topics Covered ã See– Observation– Hazard perceptionã Think– Assess the risk– Choose a solutionã Do– Speed control – Steering– Space margins– Communicationã Using See-Think-Do  66 Developing Your RoadSense ã Glance in your mirrors to keep track of what is happening behind you.Then start all over again. You should complete the whole cycleevery five to eight seconds.  Observing ahead Make sure you know what’s coming up on the road by scanningat least 12 seconds ahead. This means looking one to two blocksahead in city riding and half a kilometre ahead on the highway.This will give you time to prepare for a potential hazard insteadof being taken by surprise.As you look ahead, scan to the left and right to see what ishappening along the sides of the road. If you see parked cars, becareful. A child may walk out from between them, or a door mayswing open in front of you. CrashFact In two-vehicle crashes, 79per cent of the motorcyclesinvolved were impacted inthe front. National Highway Traffic Safety  Administration (1995)   It is easiest to see things that arein your central vision (directly in front of you). But it is important to pay attention to things outside your central vision. Peripheralvision allows you to see more thanwhat is directly in front of you.  6 – 1  67 Chapter 6 – See-Think-Do  Observing behind Mirrors — Your mirrors let you know what is happening behindyou. Adjust them for maximum vision, trying to ensure that yourelbows or shoulders aren’t blocking your rear view. Look in yourmirrors: ã every few seconds, to check what’s behind you ã before you slow down or stop, to make sure traffic behind willhave room to stop for you ã whenever you plan to change road position or direction, tomake sure that no other road user has moved up beside you Blind spots — Even when your mirrors are properly adjusted,there are large areas behind and beside you that you can’t see inyour mirrors. These are called blind spots. If you see a vehicle behind you in your mirrors, keep track of it. If it moves up anddisappears from your view, you will know that it is probablytravelling in one of your blind spots. RoadSense Tip Try sitting on your bike andfinding the areas you can’tsee even when you use yourmirrors.  There are blind spots beside and behind your motorcycle. Somemotorcycles have a blind spot directly behind that is largeenough to hide a car.  Shoulder checks — Whenever you plan a change in direction orroad position, do a shoulder check to make sure the blind spot onthat side is clear. For example, when you are about to turn right,quickly check over your right shoulder to make sure no one isin that space. It’s easy to miss seeing a cyclist who has come up beside you. 6 – 2  68 Developing Your RoadSense CrashFact Forty three per cent of crashes in B.C. happen atintersections. Traffic Collision Statistics: BritishColumbia (2003) Observing at intersections  To shoulder check, look at least 45 degrees behind your shoulder in the direction you plan to move.Often you will need to shoulder check more than once to make surethe space you plan to move into is still clear.  Strategies: Making Your Move Use a mirror and shoulder check whenever you plan to: ã pull out from the side of the road. ã pull over to the side of the road ã change lanes ã change lane position ã turnLook well ahead as you approach an intersection. Check forsigns, signals and other clues about whether you will need tostop.
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