pay attention to everything around you, THAT HELPS
When traffic is flowing, I never let a car/truck/whatever stay directly next to me. You never know when they might swerve to avoid something and either forget you were there or never knew you were there. Either speed up (A LITTLE) or slow down so they are not right next to you. Just some ideas. The more I keep reading about these crashes the more gear I keep saving up for. We have to shape up! I'm also worried that "they" are going to start passing some harsh restrictions on us sport bikes real soon if this keeps up. If it's harsher penalties then all well. Live and learn. But I would be extremely upset if they decided to stop bikes from lane splitting. This is a HUGE thing in CA. RIDE SAFE!
After work I am going to the viewing of one of the guys killed in DC this week. He ran a redlight and hit a SUV. Left 2 kids behind.I'm really getting tired of posting these, but it's necessary.
From what I hear from the tail end of a news story on 95.5, a rider was killed somewhere in PG last night when his bike slammed into the rear end of a tractor trailer. If I can locate the news story, I'll post it up.
RIP to the rider, condolences to his friends/family.
On a sidenote, DC area riders (and everywhere else).... this is 4 people killed on bikes in this area in the last 4 days.
Let's get it together, boys and girls. There are so many of these crashes that, unfortunately, could have been easily avoided by the rider, or were caused by the rider. I'm not blaming the riders for all of them, but SO many could be avoided. It's sad. The youngest of this 4 was a 20 y/o woman.
Learn from these crashes and unnecessary fatalities.
There's a million more. Please feel free to contribute. I'm stickying this for a while.
- Don't ride beyond your skill.
- Don't ride with riders who encourage (or seemingly force) you to do so.
- Don't pressure a newer, less experienced rider.
- To the total noobs, don't buy a bike that's not very forgiving.
- Watch where you're going.
- Dress for the crash.
- Know that no one sees you.
Everyone, ride safe.
I tend look though the windshield of the vehicle I am following and watch the car/truck in front of it. Most concentration on the one directly in front of me but if that driver is not paying attention the one in front of him could give away a hazard coming up.x1000. Head-turning, twitchy turn-signal fingers, favoring one side of a lane suddenly, leaning in a particular direction, looking at a cell, not watching where they are going, a relaxed posture suddenly changes to an anxious posture- all telltale signs that something's about to go down. Great add.