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Stop Being A Victim

G’day

I often frequent the Bikeme website and browse their pages.

Some articles are funny, some interesting and some, like this one, are provocative.

I have to agree with the author in this instance though.

Have a read < Link >

Cheers

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8 responses

  1. A great article, thanks for the link.

    Every time we hear of a motorcycle crash hubby and I try and discuss what the rider could have done to avoid it. While a lot of riders will always blame the other vehicle (when not a single vehicle crash) we like to think that we have to take responsibility for our own safety.

    Was the rider not scanning and anticipating that the car would pull out in front of them? Riding too fast for their sight distance? Etc. Most folks in cars are predicable. Sometimes when riding we are surprised when that car doesn’t pull out in front of us, but we are usually anticipating it and have slowed a bit and are covering the brakes just in case and also looking for that escape route.

    We must be hyper-aware of our surrounding and look 20 seconds ahead.

    Cheers.

    Liked by 2 people

    November 25, 2016 at 2:08 AM

    • Thats the sign of a good rider. One that scans and anticipates as much as possible.

      Sadly even the best of us have bad days and sometime people actually try to kill you as happened a few days ago here in Brisbane.

      Road rage at it ugliest

      Like

      November 25, 2016 at 5:04 PM

  2. Thoughtful article. Love the analogy “pipsqueak in a world of thundering wildebeast.” Was just watching a thing on foxtel recently regarding that blind spot in human vision & how the brain fills in the gaps. I didn’t relate it to driving until just now.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 25, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    • I first heard about the blind spot thing years ago in a report into vision and fighter pilots.

      I didn’t make the connection then either. But can see the relationship between pilots and drivers/ riders

      Liked by 1 person

      November 25, 2016 at 5:08 PM

  3. Bob

    Nice post, ghost. A good reference and in-depth description of how we actually “see” is well written in David Hough’s book, Mastering The Ride, chapter 4, pg.82. Highly recommended. One would have a hard time blaming driver’s for “not seeing” after reading this.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 26, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    • Agreed, and I have to state up front I used to get upset when people “didn’t see me” when they obviously should have.

      Now I try and figure out “why” they didn’t see me. What was up with my positioning etc…

      Liked by 1 person

      November 26, 2016 at 9:28 AM

  4. LB

    SMIDSY! Love it!
    Defensive riding is definitely the way to go.
    Accidents happy, but we have to do what we can to avoid them.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 28, 2016 at 10:25 AM

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