Riding Tip: Intersection Management Video Part 1
TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip: How To Manage Intersections Like A Boss On Your Motorcycle Pt 1
Intersections are the bane of motorcyclists everywhere. No matter what city you live in, intersections pose a challenge for riders.
In this series, we will be exploring ways to reduce our risk and probability of being in a crash at an intersection.
In particular, we’ll be looking at a few high challenge intersections within Phoenix, Arizona.
For this first video, we will talk about a strategy when approaching an intersection. We say this often: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
In our classes, we provide participants hazard avoidance techniques like swerving and max performance braking. While it is imperative for riders to have these skills, it is our hope that riders never have to USE these skills.
Rather, we hope a good strategy will greatly reduce our risk and prevent us from using hazard avoidance techniques.
So let’s get started by looking at how we use our vision!
Well before approaching an intersection, we should be Searching for hazards.
Look for motorists who may want to enter our right of way. Look for road surface imperfections and contaminants like oil, antifreeze, and general debris.
Look for roadway markings providing us information about hazardous or unusual situations.
Next, we’ll want to Evaluate the hazards we see. Which hazards are the most harmful to us? Determine a priority for these hazards.
Finally, we’ll want to Execute to avoid possible hazards. We can execute by changing our position, changing our speed, and communicating our intention with other motorists.
Search. Evaluate. Execute. Try applying this riding strategy the next time you ride and EVERY time you ride.
For our next video, we’ll be talking about maximizing your ability to see and be seen.
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Bill Seltzer has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach since 2003 and a Total Control Advanced Riding Instructor since 2011. He currently serves as the Marketing Director for TEAM Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Planning committee. Have questions or comments about the article? Email him: Bill@MotorcycleTraining.com