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post #1 of 7 Old 08-17-2013, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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little safety tips

I've only begun riding motorcycles this year. I've driven my car (cage) for many years and had 3 different jobs that were driving jobs. Some of the things I've learned over the years are, that it's best to go a little bit out of your way to keep from going against the traffic when it's busy.

For example,, instead of trying to cross traffic in a median, go over to a light. If it means you have to go a block over to the light then it's much safer than trying to cross traffic in a median with no light. Go WITH the traffic best you can than against it.

Always and I mean ALWAYS make sure a person who has their turn signal on is turning before you pull out. never assume that the person is turning just because their signal is on.

If you are at a stop light behind a vehicle turning, make sure you are far enough behind where cars can see you that are going straight. One lady I know told me that all she saw were the headlights of the car and began going straight almost hitting a motorcycle that was too close behind the vehicle turning thinking it was clear because the motorcycle was too close

When it looks like a car is approaching a stop sign a bit fast, it's always good to dim and brighten your headlight to get their attention and make sure they see you.

Don't EVER be in such a hurry after you stop that you can't look both ways 3 times before you pull out..
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-18-2013, 02:00 PM
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When it looks like a car is approaching a stop sign a bit fast, it's always good to dim and brighten your headlight to get their attention and make sure they see you.
This one is ambiguous. I'll bet that more than half the drivers will think the flashing headlights is you giving them permission to go ahead.

This video about "Sorry mate, I didn't see you," is always worth watching and re-watching:

"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.

"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-18-2013, 08:39 PM
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Never thought to do what he's talking about but it would appear to be very effective. Thanks for sharing.

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-19-2013, 09:40 AM
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I don't flash my lights, I wiggle my bars to give a horizontal movement to my headlights. Amazing how many people will notice that and come to a complete stop. You can actually see them notice you.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-19-2013, 10:50 AM
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That's a good clip.

A modification of the "weave" is the "Z-line" - approach near the crown of the road, deliberately move to near the gutter, then move out to near the crown again (depending on other traffic of course). This is more deliberate than the weave and has the useful result that as you approach the hazard (the car) you're as far as possible from it giving that extra time to do something about it.

Cover the brakes and roll off the throttle slightly.

Watch the front wheels and the driver's hands as they will often move before you see the car move. Don't assume that because the driver looks in your direction s/he has seen you. Consider use of the horn - a short polite peep rather than a full-on blast.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-20-2013, 09:30 AM
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Excellent post.

I try to assume all drivers will do the stupidist thing possible when I ride.

And sometimes I'm right.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-25-2015, 04:28 AM
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I dunno if posting to a thread this old is frowned upon or not, but as I work overnight security I have plenty of time to browse the depths of the forums.

My 2 cents for safety tips (for anyone, rider or cager):

Don't punch it as the light goes green, I've seen many cars and big rigs blow through red lights right after I got my green.

Look far enough down the road to see any possible hazards/trouble spots. Think traffic jams, big rig blocking the road to back into his delivery location, vehicles on the side of the road, etc.

Similar to what Roastpuppy said, assume everyone else out there is an idiot/a threat to you. Countless times I've seen people lane change w/o looking first or using a signal. If you spend a lot of time on the roads try studying peoples driving habits/actions, you can actually learn to sense what they might do and can act accordingly.

Also take an afternoon to attend a Defensive Driving Course, preferably one at a "all you can eat buffet". Most insurance companies will give you a discount for taking the course. If not at least you get a refresher on driving safe and food
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