TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip: Be Seen At Intersections
TEAM Arizona Motorcycle Riding Tip:
How To Manage Intersections P2 – Be Seen At Intersections
We’ve made our way to 43rd Avenue and Bell for this second video on intersection management. Stay tuned to learn how you can prevent having your bell rung at this or any intersection.
Long term successful riders position themselves on the roadways so they can see AND be seen.
This requires us to use a process called METACOGNITION. We have to put ourselves in the drivers seat of motorists around us and ask this question, “Can they see me?” Hopefully the answer is yes at all times.
We use the term PRESENTATION to define placing ourselves where other cars have the best chance of seeing us. The better we are at presenting ourselves to motorists, the more we reduce the likelihood of being in a crash at an intersection.
Choosing the best lane position is a dynamic activity. We are constantly required to adjust lane position to maximize seeing and being seen.
Within a single lane of traffic we have several options for placement. We use these options to maximize our time and space with the vehicles around us.
Selecting good lane position also gives us good escape options should a hazardous situation arrive.
Being aware of escape routes while approaching and proceeding through an intersection is higher level riding.
During your next ride, spend time evaluating your lane positioning. Ask these questions:
“Am I presenting myself in a way that allows motorists to see me best? Do I have escape options at my disposal?”
Thanks for watching. Be safe out there and have fun everyone.
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