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I've noticed that you need to be very cautious when on the interstates where you get numbers of large trucks following each other. The air is bad when dealing with one, but as they line up the air to the side of them gets crazy. Be prepared when passing two or three in a row for rapid changes of air in different directions. One might be pushing towards the truck the other then pushing away. It can really surprize you. Also when you're behind one and one comes up from the rear to pass you and the truck you're following.

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Pay attention !!

Pay attention !!

Pay attention !!

AND Never Assume you have the right-of-way !!



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I always try to stay near the centerline, in the wheeltrack, with several reasons for it:

It gives you more choices if you need to make evasive moves, especially on roads with little or no shoulder.

It puts you in the line of sight of the drivers behind you so they are more likely to see you.

It puts you where you are more easily seen by cross traffic.

It helps to identify you as a motorcycle. A 2 wheeler on the shoulder side of the lane can very easily be interpreted as 'bicycle' by a cager and speed and distance may be mis read.

Staying in the wheel track makes it less likely you will hit debris in the roadway, car tires have likely already hit the debris and flung it off the road

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To keep myself alert at all times, I imagine what every vehicle around me might do to close off an escape route. I anticipate them doing the worst possible thing, and prepare myself for the evasive action that might be required.


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I used to drive for UPS where safety was a big concern. They had 5 rules for driving that we all had to know by heart. They make a lot of sense for trucks car and bikes.

1. Drive ahead. Maybe the most important one. Don't fall into the habit of looking right in front of you when driving, get your head up and look way down the road. Any hazardous road conditions will be revealed much sooner, giving you more time to deal with them. This will avoid 90% of emergency braking and swerving manuevers.

2. Get the big picture. Avoid "tunnel vision". Look from curb to curb in city driving, roadside to roadside in the country. Danger often comes from the side not just in front.

3.Leave yourself an out. Always be expecting trouble from any direction and have someplace to go to avoid it.

4.Keep your eyes moving. Don't fixate on any one object for long. Scan side to side, check your mirrors frequently (Try to have an open space on at least one side, two is better, tell yourself when looking, clean- no car, dirty-vehicle in the space), check your gauges every few seconds. Avoid "road hypnosis".

5.Make sure they see you. Use your signals, use your horn when appropriate, try to make eye contact at intersections before you pull out.

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I too watch through other vehicles and I watch the wheels. Another thing is my head almost never stops turning looking up driveways and cross streets. I miss a lot of scenery but al of this has become habit.
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Use deer alerts.

My tip: slow down. Don't be a hotdogger speeding around like a lunatic.

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I always try to stay near the centerline, in the wheeltrack, with several reasons for it:

It gives you more choices if you need to make evasive moves, especially on roads with little or no shoulder.

It puts you in the line of sight of the drivers behind you so they are more likely to see you.

It puts you where you are more easily seen by cross traffic.

It helps to identify you as a motorcycle. A 2 wheeler on the shoulder side of the lane can very easily be interpreted as 'bicycle' by a cager and speed and distance may be mis read.

Staying in the wheel track makes it less likely you will hit debris in the roadway, car tires have likely already hit the debris and flung it off the road
All good reasons to stay in the inside wheel track. And don't forget the center of each lane is where most slippery stuff drips out of cars making a nice slick strip for the unwary motorcyclist to slide on. Also, painted areas on roads and parking lotsare slippery, especially when wet.

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Vehicles/people to stay away from:

If it was painted with house paintand a roller.

Ifa pickuphas more thantwo cases of empty beer cans in the back.

If you can hear their music over a Harley with drag pipes.

If the driver is on more than one electronic device, cell phone, blackberry, lap top, etc.

Ifthe driver isputting on makeup in the rear view mirror.

If they have blue hair

If they have pink hair.

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Personally, I stay away from red necks in half-ton trucks with a rifle hanging in the back window and a bumper sticker that says, "I drive over motorcycles."

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