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Old 09-13-2013, 11:40 AM
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Default One Of The (Many) Possible Reasons Car Drivers Do Not See Motorcycles...

As a rider, even on one of the biggest motorcycles, we remain very small. And when you are in traffic, car drivers might

miss seeing us and before we know it, we've crashed into them. It's not that the car driver isn't looking for us, many

actually do try to pay attention to bikers, but at times they just don't see us. One of the possible reasons is Motion

Induced Blindness.

Motion Induced Blindness, also known as MIB, is a recently discovered phenomena. Back in 1991 it was first formulated as

something that could cause people in motion not to see certain things. Jet fighters and even airline pilots know about

it, since in essence MIB is a result of staring into a space while in motion. With your vehicle's movement (be it a jet

fighter or a car), looking at a spot (like the center of the road) can hide other objects.

Look at the moving diagram below. You see three yellow spots on the outer limits, in the center is a green blinking dot

and around it are blue crosses turning. Not exactly a situation you'll find on the road, but it's just to illustrate the

MIB point (image driving a car on a country road with trees lined on both sides and the yellow dots are motorcycles). If

you now stare at the green blinking dot, you'll suddenly see the yellow dots disappear and reappear. There's no rhyme or

reason behind the timing, it happens at different times for different people. Have look:


Motion-induced blindness demonstration

You can say that the dots are too small, that is why you can't see them, or that they are turning to fast, or slow.

Well, head on over to the MSF site and try it there. The same diagram

can be changed by increasing or decreasing the size of the spots, or making things go faster or slower. The result is

the same; you'll occasionally not see the yellow objects.

Basically the MIB phenomena means that even if you are wearing high-visibility jackets, a car could not see you.

The only way out of this process is to have the car driver shift eyes continuously, i.e., not stare in one spot

(straight ahead). So, no white line fever, something that for sure will involve cars ramming into motorcycles.

Obviously MIB is not the main reason that cars and motorcycle have accidents. There are many factors at play, and as we

know from statistics, around 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by car drivers, and this will be one of them.

What can we do as motorcycle riders? Not much. If the car driver can't see you because of MIB, maybe the only thing is

flashing your headlights and swerving, but that will result in a whole other series of problems and dangers. Nobody ever

said that riding motorcycles is a safe hobby.

Click here

to read more about Motion Induced Blindness
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:25 PM
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Goooolllly! if that don't beat all! Keep your eyes wiggling and the little dots stay there.
That 'splains why we's invisible to the cagers, they're brain dead.
Staring mindlessly at the nothingness.
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SMIDSY.......
yup, I've always been a practitioner of the anti-SMIDSY and I know it's made me visible to folks, you can see it when they start to pull out and then stop with a surprised expression.
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Thanks for posting!

See SMIDSY links in my signature for more information.

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This can help preventing from cars pulling out in front of you (SMIDSY)
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I experienced a visual SMIDSY involving a wing and a pickup last week, and I now finally "get it": I understand we become invisible.

Early evening sun, red pickup truck running toward me....

What's odd with that truck?..lots of glare off its hood.

I didn't see the wing in front for several seconds.

Same color as the truck and it stayed center in the lane. I was shocked.
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To reduce the risk of MIB....... WEAVE!

When I'm approaching an intersection or adjoining side road I weave within my own lane, this "attracts the attention" of any drivers who may be about to pull out in my path. [this really does work, I have had cars that were partially out of the intersection suddenly stop to allow me to go by ]

I also use the "weave" pattern if I feel I'm at risk from approaching cars who may either turn across my path or pull out to overtake the car ahead of them coming towards me.

Using the full width of your lane is legal and can keep you alive, lane position can be vital in an emergency situation.

I change my lane position to give me as much safe distance from adjoining roadways and other possible "risk" areas often during my rides. [can't do that as effectively when I'm in the car though ]
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To reduce the risk of MIB....... WEAVE!

When I'm approaching an intersection or adjoining side road I weave within my own lane, this "attracts the attention" of any drivers who may be about to pull out in my path. [this really does work, I have had cars that were partially out of the intersection suddenly stop to allow me to go by ]

I also use the "weave" pattern if I feel I'm at risk from approaching cars who may either turn across my path or pull out to overtake the car ahead of them coming towards me.

Using the full width of your lane is legal and can keep you alive, lane position can be vital in an emergency situation.

I change my lane position to give me as much safe distance from adjoining roadways and other possible "risk" areas often during my rides. [can't do that as effectively when I'm in the car though ]

Pretty much my approach, too.
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Pretty much my approach, too.
That's the anti-SMIDSY
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So, this proves that we are invisible with out Harry Potters cloak. Keep moving around, make eye contact with oncoming drivers, keep your head up, Times two when riding your bike!
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