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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #50 on: April 02, 2017, 12:41:00 pm »
I do most of my riding with my dad and brother.   We put most of the miles on before 8:30 on Sunday.  I don't expect anyone to keep lane discipline, or follow traffic signals.  I go when I see everyone stop, even if it means I get honked at.  First gear until I see all the cars behind me stop.  Stay out of the shadows of other vehicles when stopping. 

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #51 on: April 26, 2017, 01:33:53 am »
This has been such a fruitful and interesting discussion. Someone who writes for the magazine should compile these and put together a little best of. Truth is, if we all did these things all the time, our chances of bad accidents would go far down. I'm already delighted that I'm over 21 and never ride under the influence. Just those two facts reduces my chance of death on my bike by over 50%. I buy back some of that death chance by how I ride, but not much.

Since starting this thread I've been even more mindful of my daily safety behaviors. One thing I'm curious about that gets said here a lot, is the approach to staying safe at stops. I hear people talk about giving yourself an out at stops, and I get why, but really, how would you do that? I suppose you can stop way over on the side of the lane, and watch your mirrors, and at the last second if the bozo isn't stopping, gas it and try to squirt forward between cars or onto the shoulder. That must be what people mean. I watch my mirrors, but haven't arranged myself in the lane for that sort of ready escape forward in the final micro second.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #52 on: April 26, 2017, 04:38:52 pm »
When you hear the screeching be ready to jump str8 up.   :great:

If you are lucky you might be able to get by the car in front in time if you position correct but chances are it is just better that they push you into that gap rather then be crushed between.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #53 on: July 11, 2017, 04:52:12 am »
I try to take extra care to avoid riding near sunrise or sunset.  Our roads go east-west because it's a long island but not a wide one.  My 1 hour commute had me squinting into the sun for too much of the ride and I developed the habit of stopping for breakfast as soon as the big orange ball came over the hills and trees.  Enjoy a meal and read a book until the shadows are not too long.  I also put a strip of metallic tape on my faceshield where it would substitute for what a sun visor does in a car.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #54 on: July 12, 2017, 12:20:28 am »
1- Be seen. I normally wear bright colors, brightly colored helmet, and have two 10W LED running lights mounted at the widest point on the bike. That makes me a wider, brighter picture.
2- Stay out of blind spots. As others have said, if you're going a bit faster than vehicles around, spend as little time as possible in their blind spots, and even next to them. "Jump" from just behind their rear bumper, to in front of the driver, or right fender.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #55 on: July 12, 2017, 02:20:36 pm »
Stopping when I notice that I'm getting tired or dehydrated. Same thing if I'm slabbing and I find myself "passing that NEXT car" and then "the NEXT" one and I'm getting faster and faster. Time to stop and "re-set."
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #56 on: August 11, 2017, 09:22:33 pm »
Whew, all good responses, so it's difficult to add much of value.
As a Certified Smith Systems Safe Driving Instructor and safety professional for large trucking fleets for the past 35 years.....I could bore ya to tears...in just a few sentences.....trust me, I lecture for a living.

Instead, let me impart a little old leather Road Craft to see if ya dig what I'm layin down on mirrors

1) Mirrors can NEVER tell you yes....only no. Just because you don't see a car in your mirrors doesn't mean that there is not a car there. Remember this S.M.O.G..
(S) ignal
(M) irror
(O) ver The Shoulder......the famed "Head Check"
(G) o
That's the only safe way to change lanes.

2) Mirrors - Do you ride at night? Troubled by dazzle from headlights behind you?
Cut the feet off of a pair of your wifes pantyhose (remember those)?
Slip the stockings over your mirrors.....wow, why didn't I think of that before???
This little trick knocks down all of the distracting glare but you remain aware of the traffic behind you.

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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #57 on: August 12, 2017, 12:03:27 am »
Cool. Never thought of those. Thanks.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #58 on: August 24, 2017, 10:42:54 am »
This is a great thread. When I come up on traffic on a multi lane road and a car is tailgating another car my radar goes into warning mode. There's about a 99% probability that the tailgater is going to abruptly change lanes without a turn signal. They just have to get ahead of that car in front of them.  I always back off in that situation and let 'em do their thing.  Let me also add that I never trust that people have their side rear view mirrors set properly. Most don't.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #59 on: September 18, 2017, 12:35:23 am »

1. watching for cager awareness; ie head turning, head dropping (looking at a cell phone, plate of food, reading a letter), checking        mirrors or lack their of.    :-[

2. Escape-route checks...so i can get out of a multitude of emergency situations.    :motonoises:

+1
Along with Lane position and distance behind and in front
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #60 on: September 19, 2017, 12:19:36 am »
Attached is the new, highly recommended eye test for cagers  :-)
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #61 on: September 19, 2017, 05:12:17 pm »
My $0.02...
1) read cars' front tires, all around you.
2) Never EVER tail gate, anyone.
3) If when stopped at a light the cager in front of me is building a fort, reading the paper, playing with his phone, and late to take off on green, I pass them safely but quickly, and get away from them as much as possible.
4) Be mindful of the outside temperature, and my tires' temperature; dew, the cold, all of that affects my traction.
5) If I realize I'm starting to tense up, it is probably because I am riding a bit "too close to the edge"; time to lay off the throttle a bit, relax, and take my time/enjoy the ride.
6) Very important one; if the driver beside me, on an avenue, is clutching to the wheel for their lives, almost white knuckles, get away from them. No worse driver than a scared one.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #62 on: October 14, 2017, 01:09:05 am »
Mine are

1.)  Cover your controls at all times

2.)  Never let anything catch your attention for more than a few seconds

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« Reply #63 on: October 23, 2017, 03:07:51 am »
Mine are

1.)  Cover your controls at all times

2.)  Never let anything catch your attention for more than a few seconds

Interesting. Do you actually cover them at ALL times, or only at all times that warrant? I find myself covering as needed, but not when on a very low risk stretch of road. This actually reminds me of the importance of practicing your panic stops in a parking lot. It's incredible how quickly an ABS bike with good tires can stop if you just clamp down and brace. The hardest thing is letting up at the last second so you don't just teeter over on your side!
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #64 on: October 24, 2017, 03:43:09 pm »
1.  Don't get distracted and lose focus.  Most of my accidents and close calls have been from lack of situational awareness.
2.  Don't depend on your mirrors on the highway.  Turn your head before you change lanes.  It helps you see others and may make it apparent to them that you are looking to to change lanes.
3.  Keep your spacing.  If someone really wants to pass you, let them.  It's easier to keep an eye on them if they are in front of you.
4.  Try to be visible and predictable.   
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #65 on: November 24, 2017, 10:19:05 pm »
Good Helmet, gloves.
Have an 'Out' if something nutty happens ahead.
Defensive braking as needed.
Leave the Ego back home.
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #66 on: November 26, 2017, 10:27:50 pm »
1.  Don't get distracted and lose focus.  Most of my accidents and close calls have been from lack of situational awareness.
2.  Don't depend on your mirrors on the highway.  Turn your head before you change lanes.  It helps you see others and may make it apparent to them that you are looking to to change lanes.
3.  Keep your spacing.  If someone really wants to pass you, let them.  It's easier to keep an eye on them if they are in front of you.
4.  Try to be visible and predictable.

+1  :great:
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Re: Your top two odd improving behaviors?
« Reply #67 on: November 29, 2017, 02:41:25 am »
Lately, I've developed "crazy eyes". Think Mike Singletary of the '85 Chicago Bears.

That, and a sort of sixth sense about what's going on around me that might pose a threat.
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