October 31, 2008, Newsletter Issue #51: Use effective mental strategies.

Tip of the Week

Effective mental strategies can greatly increase your chance of a safe ride.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a strategy known as SEE(SM) that every motorcycle rider should become familiar with. SEE(SM) stands for Search, Evaluate and Execute. Keeping an eye on the road ahead of you as well as knowing what is happening around you, from other motorists to weather conditions, will allow you time to increase your safety margins, slow down and possibly avoid a potentially hazardous situation.

Just as you need time to respond to a situation you need to remember that other motorists need time too.

Other good effective strategies is to avoid weaving in and out of lanes, ride you’re your headlight on, day or night and signal your intended move well enough in advance that others can react.

Exercise your option of lane positioning and ride in the part of the lane that allows your bike to get the most visibility.

The more defensively you ride, the more you follow the rules of the road and obey the speed limit the more prepared you will be to respond to the unexpected actions of others’.

Finally, do not drive a sports bike under the influence of prescription medication until you know how you react and never drive one under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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