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post Sep 27 2006, 12:12 PM
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Street Smart #47 Tip of the Day

Riding Skill requires more than Handling Skills.
Many Hazards encoutered by riders are unpredictable.
Your need an investigative approach to recognise
& negotiate them safely.
To expect the unexpected.
Riding uses both mental & physical skills.

Mental Skill:

Ability to Scan the enviroment, recognise revelant dangers or hazards,
decide on their priority and form an achievable plan.

Physical Skill:

The ability to translate intentions & thoughts into action
accurately and smoothly.


In using these skills, you need to take account:

Real Ability as opposed to perceived ability
(what u can actually do as opposed to what U think you can do -
in the average rider there is a significant gap between real &
Perceived ability.
A key objective is to bring perceptions in line with reality)

The Capabilities of the machine

The Prevailing Weather & Road Conditions.

THE ESSENTIAL FACTOR - TIME TO REACT

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #48

Rain will greatly reduce the grip of tires, making skids and aquaplaning more likely.
Standing water(water that gather in puddles), cause by heavy thunderstorm
also reduces tire grip greatly.

Try to Ride thru these surfaces in a Straight Line
Cos any banking will increase your chance of Skidding...

Remember... Spilled fuel in Petrol Station & Bus Stops are Renown for
Bike Skids during wet days.
So be extra cautious when taking cover at Petrol stn when its starts to rain.
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post Sep 27 2006, 12:20 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #49

Wearing Our Rain Coat or Jacket Back side front.
As Long as Our clothes don't make our riding hazardous.
I guess it is also relative to the Speed we ride.

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post Sep 27 2006, 12:23 PM
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Street Smart Golden Tip of the Day #50

A Moment of Anger Can Turn Us Into Monsters

Endless... amount of report of how road rage can kill.
Be reminded... we can lose our Cool very Quickly...
Just some car cut into our lane... tailgate... flash lites... horn...
Hog the right lane...

Worst... almost hitting us by their carelessness...

Just surprise how fast we can loose my Cool...
...show our displeasure by overtaking the vehicle & glaring at him..
Pointing fingers and etc... "#*!@"

In the end... all upset... day ruined.
Worst... Other guy takes your challenge & tries to ram u down.

Let's us learn to keep cool... &... Forget the incident...
Forgive Him. Proceed with life..
Believe me... We will live a better life.

Let Me End with This Quote from Endlessloop:
"Some of my thoughts about bikers:
- Don't be so sticky about our "right of way". It is a nice-to-have. But be realistic. If we are going to ride thinking that everybody has to follow and respect our right of way, we are going to be very unhappy riding or get ourselves injured.

- Beware of our own inferiority complex. Some times we think we get bullied because we are on a smaller bike or smaller car. Then we get upset. There is no need to. Most of the time, the problem lies with the other party and not us. The "guilty party" just tailgates every vehicle, not just us because we are on a cheaper transport.
Have you experienced this before? Seeing in your rear view mirror, a big car that tailgates you like a glue. Then you think "idiot! tailgate me because I'm on a bike right". In exasperation, you give way and let the idiotic car over take. Then you realised that idiotic car just tailgates the next car in front! So the problem is the driver, not you! So no need to develop unhappiness over your good-old-cheap-but-gets-you-anywhere transport just because of some idiot!

I believe that riding is like in life, you should try to be as happy as possible. Spend less time being unhappy. It is especially not worthwhile to make ourselves unhappy over people that we don't like or are strangers."

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STREET SMART
CELEBRATES with
The 50th Tip of the Day


Street Smart would like to thank all readers for their
contributions and encouragement.
Four months had passed since the 1st tip was posted…
“The 1st Six minutes�
It is my sincere hope that the knowledge passed on
In this series would be beneficial to all riders.
Especially the new & younger riders.

As a Recap:
The Focus is not so much on the physical but the
Mental aspects of riding skills, and how attitudes and
Concentration affect riding performance.

Developing appropriate attitudes.
Recognizing attitudes are important,
And making a personal commitment to
Changing Unsafe attitudes.

We had looked at the different situations
That Can be potentially dangerous.
How to keep clear of them.
Or at best be cautious when we have to go through.

There is always some degree of risk while riding a motorcycle,
But a rider’s attitudes can greatly influence the risk involved.

As one of the safety author puts it…
“If you are reading materials concerning safe riding…
…you are in the Low Risk Group�

Where does “Street Smart� go from here…
Until the contributions are exhausted… we will go on.

Learning is a continuous process.
At all level of experience.
Being a good rider means we never stop learning.
Improve our skill both physical & mental.
Whenever we ride, it is an opportunity to
Reassess and improve our skills.

In your sharing, I had learned much.
Thank you.


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post Sep 27 2006, 12:30 PM
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Street Smart Tip of the Day #51

Balancing on a Steep Slope is always very difficult.
(more so if yours is a Big Bike)
Especially when the stop is sudden.
Many had fallen or had close calls.
It could be due to the Traffic in front that stops in a sudden.
Or when our bikes is in the wrong gear,
misjudge the severity of the Slope.
So, remember... approach a STEEP SLOPE...
...plan not to stop on the slope.
Or just wait below till u have the opportunity to.

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #52

Perhaps a Good Habit to Develop.
Whenever coming out of a Junction...
...Keep to the Side will always be a Safe Habit.

May Just miss a on coming car or perhaps misjudge his speed.
(a little tired, a little sleepy or just simply having something else on our minds)

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ANIMAL HAZARDS

In Australia... Animals are a Main Hazard.
Especially during Sunset till dusk. Kangaroos!
Possibility of animals seeking the warm of the Tar Roads.

Animals are always a danger to bikers.
Have not really notice any stray cows/buffaloes on the roads in Malaysia
Maybe well fenced in. That's good.
But Certainly please be very careful, where there's farms.

Look for signs... if u see cow sh*t... there's definately cows around.
Give yourself enough distance to slow down if an animal appears in the middle of the road.

Hope U like my collection pics of cows & donkeys
From the city of Ahmadabad, India.
Being animals... they are quite well camouflaged.
Makes it more difficult for us to see them...

The animals are well respected there.
And they wander freely.
Motorist just go around them.

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #53

There are a few advantages that we have over cars.
One of them is that We Look Over Them.

Use it to Look Far & Wide to avoid any intrusion into our Path.

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post Sep 27 2006, 12:43 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #54

FOCUS - Think of the Ride & not your work or gf/bf.
Concentrate on the road.
AWARE - Know whats around you. Remember... bikers are invisible!
Especially Road Junctions!
SCAN - Predict the direction vehicles/pedestrains coming into your path.
The road surface condition when taking corners
Traffic - Spaces between traffic is the best protection.
Gives more stopping distances for You that u may not skid
& the car behind to avoid you if u do skid & fall.

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #55

This instinctive response to a genuine life threat still exists in humans,
and we hear about it all the time when we hear stories of "target fixation."
When faced with a life-or-death hazard,
your body wants to stare at the threat.
Your mind wants to watch the enemy closely for any hints
as to what it might do.
When facing down a savage animal,
this may be the best thing.
On a motorcycle, it's exactly the wrong thing.
Focus on your escape,
and use your peripheral vision to track the hazard instead.
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post Sep 27 2006, 12:45 PM
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Riding into Gaps in Traffic will give us SPACE.
As the Rough Graphic above...
There maybe Gaps in any of the Lanes.

Just Slow Down & Filter into one of these Gaps.
Stay in the middle of the Gap.

U can choose between Slower Spd in the Left Lane,
Normal Spd in middle Lane
or
Overtaking Spd in the Right Lane.
(Just wait for the next Gap to come around... then filter in)

It will give us a Greater Margin of Safety.
"Stopping Distance for Us so we don't skid or crash into the Vehicle Ahead,
And if we do drop... the Vehicle behind has time & distance to stop or
Avoid Us."

Like to Acknowledge "Endlessloop" for this Valuable Contribution...
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post Sep 27 2006, 12:54 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #56

When u See a Vehicle Moving Really Slow...
...There is a good chance he is lost & finding his way.
(can be a commercial vehicle looking for a place to deliver his goods or
As shared by our readers... Chinese New Year... looking for relatives
or friends home)

Most liable to Make SUDDEN Turns when he find the place he is looking for.

Stay clear for these vehicles less they turn into your path!

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #57

STONEY ISLAND

Run Wide on a Turn...
U Go over Stoney Island!
The Sweeper nomally comes late morn.
So All kind of Debris is left on the Island.
(Screws, nut & bolts... pick one up
& u have a puncture comin')

Beware! Sure way to spoil your day is to ride over the Island

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In the above pic... debris are throw to the right side of filter lane...
So if u squeeze to the right of this vehicle...
Good chance of hitting "stoney island"

In a rush, cornering at higher than normal spd...
Skid & drop on the Main Rd...
At the mercy of the on coming vehicles from the Right.

Check the both sides of filter lanes down Shears Bridge...
Plently of debris there...
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post Sep 27 2006, 12:58 PM
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When We Rush...
Our Mind is fix on One & Only One Thing...
Reaching There in the Shortest Time Possible!
Late for work... how to explain to the supervisor.
Late for date... Will she be angry.
Late for Meeting... what will your boss say...

So...
All our Safety Margins goes below Sea-Level.

We Take corners to fast... & over run our lane.
Squeeze when the gap is too narrow.
Try to beat the Red Lites when lite turns amber.
Don't know how many times had to
E-Brake just to avoid crashing into the
Front Vehicle.

Just Remember...If we crash...
That would definately be a acceptable reason for
...the people waiting for U at the other end.
Nope, We don't want that!

So...
By all means...
Ride with Haste!
But
Don't Rush!
It is Not Worth It!
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post Sep 27 2006, 01:02 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #58

Regulating Your Speed

Often we read of accidents involving Singaporeans
On Driving Holidays in
Australia, New Zealand & Malaysia.
Unfamiliar Roads, Beautiful scenery...

One invaluable advise I recieved from An Uncle that
Lives in Christchurch is...

"To drive close to the Speed Dictate on the road Signs."
IF the Signs says 40 kmh...
Driving close to that limit will bring u safely thru that bend.

As we tour the Malaysia Trunk Rds.
Staying close to the Spd on the Sign Boards
is one sure way on not over running the bends.

Refuse to slow down...
And risk of a over run...
To the other side of the road.
If there is no vehicles on the other side...
Count it as your lucky day.

With a higher spd...
the over run will carry u into the drain on the other side.
May even Hit a Tree or A Road Barrier...

That it would definately spoil your day.


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post Sep 27 2006, 01:12 PM
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Ever wonder why Motor Cycle Racer quite often walks away after a Crash...

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That's Because There Don't Hit Anything
And there's the Sand to Slow them down...
Full Skin Overall include spine protector. Boots
Full Face Helmet...

But Occasionally they do hit something or someone ride over them.
That's when serious injury occurs.

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When Taking the Above Corner...
A skid & Drop while on the Right Lane...
Rider would most likely hit the Barrier.

Taking the Left Lane...
Rider would most probably remain on the road...
But a Vehicle may run the rider down...

Using the Left Lane with A clear Right Lane Would be Ideal...
Be surprise how often that can be Achieved.

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #61

DECREASING_RADIUS TURNS


This is a turn that tightens up as you go through it.
IF u are unaware...
there may be a nasty surprise at the end of the turn waiting for U.

Just Slow down... as u progress in the turn.

Two Turns I can think of:

1. KJE to BKE towards the City.
2. PIE to ECP towards the City.
(to make matter worst...
there are spd strips as the turn tightens up... towards PIE.
that's where we may be struggling to control our bikes)

Not a gd design but we have to live with it.

THE Other 2 Kind of Turns are:
a. Constant Radius Turns - Neither tightens or increases
b. Increasing Radius Turns - This turn widens.

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Light Drizzle will just provide enough water to make a slippery pad.
Heavy rain will was the roads clean.

Remember the Infamous Old Tampines Rd
where the Sand lorry use to carry sand from
the Quarry around there...
Drip a lot of sand/mud water as they rush their sand to construction sites.

SLIME!

Come a little rain... Tampanis Rd will without fail...
have vehicles that had skidded of the rd!
& most of them has 4 wheels.
A simple tap of the brakes is all that is needed...
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post Sep 27 2006, 01:17 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #62

Dealing with this Emergency:


WOBBLE

Sometimes when going at fairly high spd,
the front wheel can suddenly begins to "wobble"
(shake from side to side).
This can be hair-raising experience.

The only thing to do is to ride it out...
Use the above pts to guide u to pull off the road
as soon as possible.
If u are carrying a heavy load, distribute it more evenly.
If at service stn, check tyre pressure.

Other things that can cause a wobble:

- a wheel that is bent or out of alignment
- poorly adjusted steering
- a windshield or fairing that is improperly mounted
or not design for the motocycle
- loose wheel bearings
- improper tread design
- worn steering parts

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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #63

Engine Seizure


This means the engine locks or jams up.

Main cause is the lack of Lubrication.
Without Oil, the engin's moving parts will no longer
move smoothly against one another
and the engine will over heat!

Symptoms:

- Red Warning Light on your Speedometer. Eg Low Pressure cos' not enough oil
- Overheat indicator is in RED ZONE!
- Loss of engine power
- Change in Engine Sound
(those that ride with ear plugs or mp3 may not notice this)

IF your Engine start to Seize...
Squeeze the clutch lever,
Disengaging the engine pwr for the Rear Wheel.
Pull off the road to the breakdown lane.
Let the engine cool.

While U may be able to add oil & restart Engine,
It should be thoroughly checked for damage.
Good chance of cracked engine block
(leaking the oil leak out.)

Don't forget a Good Pre-Ride check.
A puddle of Oil below your bike
means it is unsafe to ride & needs repair.

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STREET SMART Tip of the DAY #64

Always ride within the limits of the road conditions.
Than there is a very high % you will not SKID.

However skillful u are, skidding is extremely hazardous
And the chances of regaining control are limited.

But if you are faced with a developing skid,
It will be advantages to know exactly what to do
To try to regain control
And how to avoid making the skid worse.

As Skidding is A Major contribuiter to our Bikers
getting hurt... Let us explore the subject.

ReMemBer! Avoidance is Better Correction!

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Antilock braking systems, Linked Braking & Traction Control System

Are safety devices that can help stability.
Machines fitted with these features behave differently from
Other Machines
And require different techniques to get the best use from them.

Antilock Braking System (ABS)

This system basically prevents the wheels from being locked.
Eg. when the system sense the wheel not turning(skidding)...
It will automatically release the wheel.
Then increases braking again.

It greatly reduces braking distances.
And Improves Direction Control
- keep vehicle in a straight line without spinning out
- direction control also give motorist ability to avoid something

HOW to Use the System?

Just Squeeze the Brakes Max & let the system work!
No need to be gentle with the brakes.
Remember! Cornering forces may disrupt the system.

BMW, STX Honda bikes has it as an option

LINKED BRAKES

Front & Rear Brakes are linked & work togather.
Eg. operating front brake lever or rear brake pedal
will operate both brakes at a predetermined optimum combination.

So Optimum braking all the time.

Bikes with Linked braking... Honda ST & Blackbird

Traction Control System

Controls excess wheel slip on the rear wheel under engine acceleration,
thereby improving directional control & machine stability.
The system monitors the wheel slip on the rear wheel
And reduces the power supply to the wheel when slip exceeds a
Preset Maximum.
This allows the wheel to regain grip & stability.
It allows the machine to make maximum use of tyre grip,
Especially on slippery surfaces.

Most of the Latest Sport bikes has this system.
Check your handbook for guidance.



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post Sep 27 2006, 02:04 PM
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STREET SMART TIP OF THE DAY #68

When Caught in Heavy Thunderstorm
And Visibility is This BAD!


Don't Risk Staying on the Road...
Go Hide Somewhere Safe...
or Go Straight into a Shopping Centre.

A Tropical Storm nomally last About half-an-hour.
That's when the Big Cauliflower Cloud
Pours out it Water on Mother's Earth.

3 NCR ride:

Lovely Weather thru the trip except...

Penang to KL Sector.
Rain all the way.
We were Caught in Extreme Heavy Rain...
Around the mountain pass near IPOH.
Visibiliy was really bad.
The Water Outside the Visor makes it very difficult to see,
The inside of the visor is fogging up.
Open a gap to let in cool air to clear the mist..
Water comes in & blur the visor from the inside.

Those with Glasses are in a worst situation.

Pullin over into shelter is definately a good idea.

While waiting for the rain to clear...
I notice an ambulance on the other side of highway
Speeding towards I assume an Accident.

Remember!
It is Weather like this that causes Crashes.
U can't see them clearly, they can't see U clearly.
The roads are slippery & water logged
You are miserably wet... Your Boots are filled with water.
And your concentration is way down.

Don't Chance It! It's not Worth It!

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #69

Be in Correct Gear for the the Road Speed & Traffic Situation

When to Change to a Lower Gear:


1. Travelling at Low Speed
2. Going Up Hill
3. Going Downhill, cos eng braking slow the descent & assist the brakes
4. Approaching a hazard or doubtful of traffic conditions,
- lower gears gives greater flexibility to accelerate or decelerate
5. On slippery roads, where engine braking is used to lose speed genty,
- So as to avoid skidding

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Street Smart Tip of the Day #70

Using The Indicators


Smaller bikes Indicators are not very effective cos lamps are
Relative low Wattage.
This is especially true when direct sunlight shines on their lense.
Consider arm signals... (control of the Machine is of course a higher
Priorty)

Using your position will also make your intention clear...
Eg left, center or right side of lane...

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Cancelling Indicator Signals

Leaving an indicator working after making a turn confuses other motorist
and can easily cause an accident.
Do not accept an indicator signal as complete proof of another driver's
Intention when you are waiting to emerge from a side turning.

Look for supporting evidence such as an obvious slowing down
before you move out.

Most Machine does not have indicator self-cancelling mechanism.
Alway make sure you cancel a signal immediately after you
Have complete the manoeuvre.

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Do You Thrust The Signals Of Other Road Users
Or Do You Wait for some other Confirmation
Of Their Intentions


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Using the Brake Light

Use the Brake light to Indicate that you are slowing down
Or Intend to Stop.

Remember to carry out rear observation before using your brakes.

~ Use your brakelight as an early indication of your intention to slow down
Lighly touch your Brakes, will in advance of the anticipated hazard,
To alert the Driver behind to your intention.
This especially useful when the driver behind is too close.

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Flashing Your Headlights

Use headlights flashes when the horn would not be heard,
And in the place of horn in the night.
Headlight flashes should only be used for one purpose:
To inform other road users of your presence.
Never Assume that a headlight flash
From another driver is a signal to proceed.

Be aware that some drivers may interpret a headlight
Flashes as an act of aggression.

A Headlight flash can be used before overtaking in daylight
To Alert other drivers to your presence.
Flash your headlights early enough to allow the
Other driver to react to it.

When & For how long is a matter of fine judgement.
It depends on your speed and the road and traffic conditions.

Use it when speed makes it likely that the horn would not be heard.

Using Hazard Warning Lights

Use it to alert other drivers to your presence when your have stopped.
It is sometimes used in poor visibility riding...
Or to warn the vehicles behind that there is a hold-up.

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Junction In front of Katong Shopping Ctr...
Well, It could be Any Junction.
That's the Most Happening Place... To make An Impact!

Note:

If you forget to switch off your turn signal...
the Opposite Traffic may Just turn into Your Path!

Be Alert!

True Story:

At this junction...

Cousin of mine was Hit by a Car that went straight with a left signal "ON!"
His car was badly damaged.
Fortunate to escape with Minor Injuries.

He was waiting to turn right at a traffic junction near Katong Shopping Ctr.
Saw the Car from opp side with left turn signal flashing...
Initiate the turn... Crash!

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Passenger & Taxi Attracts!


Have a Good Scan In situation like this.
Probably know what the Taxi has in Mind.
He's Livelihood is looking for Fare...
Nothing wrong with that... Everyone has to make a living.
Just Some of their Manoeuvers sometime gives us unpleasant surprises.

Do look for Head movements... Tires angles...
Any indication that help u Predict the Drivers intention.
Less he drives into your Path!

Slow down & Be Prepare to Make a Stop if u need to...
He may just miss u in this Blind Corner!

Remember! it could be any vehicle... Not necessary always a Taxi.

True Story:

An Army mate of mine drives a Sand Lorry.
His View thru his old left side mirror is quite bad.
As such...
Whenever he needs to filter to the left lane...
He would slowly move towards the left lane...
As his vision thru the mirror is limited.
No Horn... Means Lane is Clear...
So continue. (amazing)

One fine day,
Doing the Same Manoueuver...
He hit a Police Car!

Ha Ha...
He was charge for careless driving
& paid for the damages on the Police car.

Being a Pal... My advise is to get a good side mirror.
But point is... We have all kind of drivers on the road.
And There are Difficulties for People in Large Vehicles.

And Commercial Vehicles with Rushing Deliveries...

So We Keep Clear!
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Use YOUR HANDS...

May not be very Common in our riding style but
Nevertheless...
It can be Very Effective Used!

This is...
Especially so for Bikes With Tiny or Low Powered Indicators.

Advantages of Hand Signals:

1. Free from Mechanical Failure
2. Cannot be left on
3. Attract attention 'cos they break the outline of the machine & Rider
4. Are clearly distinguishable in bright sunlight, when ind. lens may not
5. Can be use to confirm the rider's intention

Note:

Do not use hand signal when you need both hands on the handle bar
To control the machine.
Eg. During heavy braking at spd or sharp cornering

Courtesy Signals
Tip of the Day #75


Courtesy signals are important 'cos
they encourage cooperative use of the roadspace
and promote road safety.

Helps develop Positive Attitude to Riding & Riders.

Signal to Apologies or defuse a potential conflict
can make a real difference to road safety.

- wave to thank road users for giving way
- to apologies when unintentionally inconvenience caused.

In most situation...
A Friendly Wave goes a Long, Long Way...

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RESPONDING TO OTHER
PEOPLE'S SIGNALS
Tip of the Day #76


Signals other than those given by authorised persons
should be treated with caution.
If someone beckons your to move forward,
Always check for yourself whether it is safe to do so.

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Use YOUR HANDS...

May not be very Common in our riding style but
Nevertheless...
It can be Very Effective Used!

This is...
Especially so for Bikes With Tiny or Low Powered Indicators.

Advantages of Hand Signals:

1. Free from Mechanical Failure
2. Cannot be left on
3. Attract attention 'cos they break the outline of the machine & Rider
4. Are clearly distinguishable in bright sunlight, when ind. lens may not
5. Can be use to confirm the rider's intention

Note:

Do not use hand signal when you need both hands on the handle bar
To control the machine.
Eg. During heavy braking at spd or sharp cornering

Courtesy Signals
Tip of the Day #75


Courtesy signals are important 'cos
they encourage cooperative use of the roadspace
and promote road safety.

Helps develop Positive Attitude to Riding & Riders.

Signal to Apologies or defuse a potential conflict
can make a real difference to road safety.

- wave to thank road users for giving way
- to apologies when unintentionally inconvenience caused.

In most situation...
A Friendly Wave goes a Long, Long Way...

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RESPONDING TO OTHER
PEOPLE'S SIGNALS
Tip of the Day #76


Signals other than those given by authorised persons
should be treated with caution.
If someone beckons your to move forward,
Always check for yourself whether it is safe to do so.

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Resistance to Learning From Experience

Facts show that we are not very good at learning from experience.
Most riders involved in an accident do not accept that they contribuited to it.
It is always the other guy fault.
Perhaps Yes... But maybe there is a Part which u could have played,
That would prevent the accident.
If your think that you did not have a part in causing the accident...
You will also have missed learning from it,
and your riding technique,
together with any faults that contributed to the accident,
will remain unchange.

To become a better rider,
we have to recognise the resistance in
ourselves to accepting responsibility,
and take steps to overcome learning.

Once we have learnt to do something routinely
we are very reluctant to alter that routine...
But with persistence...
we can & will develop Good Riding Habits.
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Studies have shown that riders' attitude to other road user,
speed & risk taking are good guide to their liklihood of
having an Accident.

Attitudes to Speed

The speed at which you ride is one of the most important factors
in determining your risk of having an accident.
Riding too fast is probably the factor that puts riders at greatest
risk of fatality.

The faster you go,
the less chance you have of taking avoiding action,
and the greater your risk of having an accident.
Speed is largely a matter of choice -
the occasions when it is absolutely necessary to ride fast
are fairly limited.
Good riding requires your to ride at a speed
that is safe for the conditions.

Well, if the above donkey-cart were to go at full speed..
Hitting a bump would probably sent the kids flying...
So mom keep speed at a slow trot...

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Tip-Of-The-Day
Street smart #79


Good Riding depends on constructive attitudes
And Consideration for other road users.
There is already a great deal of potential conflict on the roads
Without adding to it... Selfish & Aggressive Behaviour.

Such behaviour increases the stress levels of other road users
And increases the risk of accidents.

Many road users become unnecessarily angry
When others interrupt their progress.

Even behaviour that is perfectly reasonable may be a source of irritation.

Riders should be aware that thier ability to filter through
Slower moving traffic may cause some drivers to react angrily.
You can reduce the risk of accidents for yourself
And everyone else by being more tolerant
And by avoiding actions which reate unnecessary stress.

"Rider who show consideration for other road user
Are less likely themselves to become involved in accidents."

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Degree Of Risk

There is always some degree of risk riding a motorcycle,
But a rider's attitudes can greatly influence the risk involved.
A general acceptance of risk is associated with a higher risk of
An accident while riding.
Attitudes which predispose your to risk are:

1. Enjoying the thrill of danger
2. Enjoying impressing other road users/friends
3. A disregard for personal safety
4. The Illusion of control, or overestimating your ability
5. "Noble Cause" risk taking

Young, inexperienced riders run the greatest risk of accidents
Because they have a greater tendency to seek risk & Disregard danger.
Guess that's just being Young and we all had been there.... sometime ago.
They also see less risk in many traffic situations than more experienced riders.

Motorcyclists who ignore the law and ride in a risky way think
That the risk of having an accident is lower than other riders do.
In fact the risk of an accident for this group is higher than for other riders.

Many riders take risks to impress other people - for example,
Or maybe their pillion.

Riders tend to suffer from the illusion of control,Which is a tendency to overstimate their ability
To cope with the demands of traffic when they are riding.
This undermines the accurate perception of risk.

Police riders, like riders in the other emergency services,
Need to be aware that risks cannot be justified by telling
Themselves that they are taking the risks in a noble cause -
To help someone else, or to catch a person suspected of a crime.
Your overriding responsibility in any situation is to ride safetly,
And that is what you should be thinking about
While riding to an Emergency.

If u have a accident and you fail to arrive,
You are of no help the the people in need.
If you injure yourself or someone else on the way
You will have turned an emergency into a tragedy,
And will still have done nothing to help.
Your Objective should be to arrive as quickly as
It is safe to do so. Thank You.



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Heavy Vehicles On The Overtake

When a Heavy Pulls Out to Overtake,
Be Prepared to Slow Down Fast!
The Reason being that there speed will be relatively much slower
Than Yours.

Whenever u Observe A Row Of Commercial Vehicles on Lane #3...
(lane nearest side of highway)
Try not to be on the center lane...
'cos many a time, the vehicle will just pull out in a sudden
to over take, signal as they pull out!
Recommend lane #1 in situation like these.
(common on AYE in Jurong)

Malaysia

As We are in a series of Holidays..
And many will be going north to Malaysia...

Be Ever Alert for Overtaking Heavy Vehicles!
Be ready to Hit the Brakes!
Especially if u are Fast!
Look way ahead... U need the time to React!

In the Night

Overtaking on the Left of Heavy Vehicles
There is Usually a Much Slower Vehicle In the Left Lane.
And at Times...
These Lorries have very Dim Lights!
or no lights! (also known as "Hantu Lorri"
There had been cases of Bikers Crashing in to Them...

Ride Carefully....
Hari Raya Season in Malaysia has the Highest Accident rate!

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Street Smart #81

Looking But Not Seeing


What we see depends to a large extent on what
We expect to see.
Perhaps You may have experienced,
At one time or another,
Pulling Out & narrowly missing a Bicycle or Motor Cycle
From the Direction you just looked.

Errors of this are common.
When motorist are generally looking for Cars or larger vehicle,
Failing to see smaller objects can happen.

So... remember... The traffic turning out may just not see U!

Observe the Driver...
Check his Body Language...
If u feel he had not notice u...
Give a Friendly Horn or Flash your Head lites...

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"RED MIST" Is a Term used to describe the
State of Mind of Riders who...
Are So determined to Acheive some Objective -

Catching a Vehicle infront,
Getting to a Location in the Shortest Possible Time...

The Rider Overtakes other vehicles
As they no longer capable of realistically
Assessing Riding Risk.

They had become Emotionally & Physiologically...
...Involved In The Chase!

Red Mist can Effect all road Users.

Riders in the Emergency Services need to be
Particularly aware of the problem.
Eg. Fire fighters, Medic on Quick Despatch, Traffic Policemen.

As for the Everyday road users...
A Particular road user may had touched a nerve...
Cross your Path...
And u Just wanna Show your Displeasure by Chasing Him...
Getting Even... Let It Pass... It's Not Worth It...
Don't Take it Personal...
Every Dog Has It's Day...

So... Be Cool! Your Life May Depends on It!

Street Smart #82...

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To Prevent Red Mist

Riders need to be able to maintain their usual Calm.
The Key Is to Concentrate on the Riding Task In Hand.

It is sometime so strange
Not to be late for an Important Appointment(sometime not that important)
Can get us into a Mad Rush to reach the Destination.
Advise: Better Late Than Never.
Better Advise: Leave 15 Mins Earlier.
(it may change your style)

To Our Man In Blue(or White):
Avoid Personalizing the Conflict with the Road User you
Are Pursuing.

As for Riders Involve in Rescue Operations...
You are No use to the people that needs help if u yourself
is involved in a accident.

Get Out Of The Mist... You See Better!
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Recognise this is a Problem
& Find ways to cope with It.

Focusing on the Present Rather Than
On the Purpose of the Journey is on way of
Reducing the Stress...

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BLIND SPOTS

How to Be Assured that U are
Not Riding in the Driver/Rider's
Blind Spot!

Have A Look @ Either of his/her
Side Mirrors...

If u See The Driver/Rider's Face
He Can See U!

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Don't Get Me Wrong...

Staring into Mirrors is UnSafe...
(no matter how good lookin the driver is)

Just when ever u have a doubt
As to Whether u are in the Driver's Blink Spot.
Just have a Glance into his Mirrors!
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You need to be aware of the social influences on
Attitude and Safety but, in the end, the responsibility for the
Safety on yourself and others in the team is yours alone.

It is particularly important to be aware of your Individual
Responsibility for safety when riding in a group.

You Alone Can assess when it is safe to make a move
eg. to overtake and at what speed u should ride.

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Street Smart #85


Riding in A Group Is Fun.
The Support is also Important...
That is Anyone In the Group may have a Problem...
Mechanical breakdown... Getting lost, Etc.
The Group is their to Help.

But Before u Ride with a Group.
Do find out the Style of Riding
You should want to Fit Comfortably with The Rest of the Team.

From my personal experience...

There are 3 Main Groups.
(Classified Mainly by their spd)

Superbikes
Cruisers
2B Bikes


Some Riding Teams will Accomodate all 3 Gps.
But then... They will be riding in their respective catagory.
And Meet at the Designated Rest Point. Eg. Machap R & R.

Or

"OTOT" Own-time-own-target.
A Term more familiar to the Army Guys.
Which is to mean...
Go At your Own Pace & Meet at the Next Designated Rest Point.

To be In Your Comfort Zone...
Means to Choose the Spd/style that is most enjoyable
& Safe to You.
It is Important!

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Do Not Rush to Overtake
To Keep up with the Rest of the Bike.
Assess the Situation before making a Move.
Remember! When U Feel It Is Not Safe.. It's NOT!

There is Usually a Sweeper(last bike) that will make
Sure u are not left behind.

And the Leader will usually be keeping an eye
on the rest of the Bikes
Cos he knows it take time & effort to overtake.

On the Other hand...
Do not Be so safe & slow that u inconvenient
the group.

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Fatique Causes Accidents....

All u need is to Close your eyelids for a few sec...
...*^%#....

Was on my way back from KL...
Nice satay lunch @ Kajang...

After an hr on the North-South Highway...
Me start to feel sleepy....

The next thing I see was...
(the driver infront of me beat me to it..)
The Car infront of me starts to sway...

And Brushes the Concrete Barrier on the left of the highway!

Slight damage to the side of the car....
Wobble, wobble and he stopped to check the slight damage.

Now... It will not be a slight damage with a
Biker dozing off...

So remember...

Rest when u are tired....
40 winks will help.

Or..

have a lite lunch...

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Probably Worth while to note that Braking is not as effective as Dry Days.
As such... A slower speed will provide better control.

Give yourself Plenty of Space.
Slot between wide traffic gaps
More time to react & if u skid...
The vehicle behind u have a better chance to miss u.

And do not be in a Hurry...

Visibility is bad
For You & the rest of the Traffic around you.

IF u feel that you need a New Set of Rubber...
It's is a good time now to do it.
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