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Visibility on a Motorcycle. Z-motion, X-motion, and why cars pull out in front of us.

Visibility on a Motorcycle

Anybody who has ridden a motorcycle for any appreciable amount of time knows the all-too-familiar feeling that we seem to be invisible on the road.

When the umpteenth person pulls across our path or pushes us out of our lane, it’s tempting (and quite natural) to get very annoyed at the distracted and inattentive driver.

In this post, I hope to provide an insight into the psychology of visibility, and offer some tips which can help. Continue reading Visibility on a Motorcycle. Z-motion, X-motion, and why cars pull out in front of us.

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This video is Well Worth Sharing

I came across this video today. It is produced by the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program.

It outlines the all too familiar SMIDSY. SMIDSY is a topic I shall be covering in detail in an upcoming post, but, for explanation, it’s an acronym for that all too often heard phrase uttered after someone has turned in front of you: “Sorry Man/Mate. I Didn’t See You”.

I think this is a great video because it emphasises the human aspect of the person under that helmet, and is very entertaining—despite its serious message. Good job, Washington State.

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