Safety Articles and Riding Tips
Saturday, 3 March, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Today, I’m going to talk about about a very important skill that the safe scooter rider practises continually – Vigilant Scanning.
And, on the other side of the coin is a phenomenon that strangely seems to affect those of us on two wheels more than it does drivers of “regular” vehicles – Hazard Fixation.
Tuesday, 28 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Today, I’m going to be talking about an invaluable technique for safe scooter riding called Limit Point Analysis.
I say this technique is invaluable because application of it really can give us a “free” window into the future: What is happening with the road ahead.
It is often telling us things such as how fast we can safely take that corner, or what safe speed should we be doing right now.
It is often telling us how sharp that curve is up ahead, and whether the curve we are on is beginning to get tighter, or straighten out.
All this is available to us – if only we know where to look. Doesn’t that sound interesting? It sure was to me when I first came across it!
Monday, 27 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
It has struck me that, in this blog, I often talk about more advanced techniques for safe scooter riding, but haven’t provided much discussion about some of the most basic things – like actually starting your scooter and taking it off its stand. I’m going to devote a little time to that now.
Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Today, I’m going to get just a little bit technical, and talk about a formal system which we can use to guide every aspect of our riding. It is a system that is flexible, and can be used continually to cover everything we do while out on the road.
Although this may seem a little complicated at first, please bear with me, and you should see how a little study and application of this system will be extremely worth the effort.
Of course, what system worth its salt doesn’t come along with a mnemonic or two, right? Never wishing to disappoint, here are a couple for you:
Sunday, 19 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Today, I’m going to continue on with part two of the series about positioning.
In Positioning – Part 1, I mostly talked about positioning where it affects our view, visibility, and therefore safety, when travelling in a straight line. I purposely avoided talking about cornering because it is deserved a whole post of its own. This is the post!
Thursday, 16 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Doesn’t that sound like a great title for a kids’ cartoon series?
I’m seeing SMIDSY as a dim-witted, but lovable bunny, while SAM is his solemn and stern friend (a beaver) – ever ready to get SMIDSY out of the endless scrapes he gets himself into.
I know, I know, I need to get out more…
Monday, 13 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Today, I’m going to talk about that all important aspect of scooter riding – effectively bringing our scoot – and ourselves – to a stop (hopefully at the same time).
Now, before we get started, I’d like talk about general stability on a scooter.
It is always worth bearing this in mind: A scooter is at its most stable when travelling at a constant speed in a straight line.
Why is that important to remember? Well, it’s because anything that causes us to deviate from that ideal condition is going to rob us of some stability. It is something we obviously can’t avoid, but it is worth keeping in mind so that as we are riding, we are continuously trying to keep the machine as near to that ideal as possible.
So, on to the brakes:
Friday, 10 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
I have briefly mentioned positioning in previous posts, but have not expanded on the subject. That is because it is a large subject with many facets. Too large, in fact, to be covered in one post. So, I am going to split the subject of positioning into many posts. But first, let me explain what positioning is:
Positioning is the art of using all the space available (usually) within your lane to ensure maximum visibility to other road users, provide maximum view for you, and to provide the safest way to negotiate a hazard.
Wednesday, 8 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Today, I’m going to talk about a game I like to play while riding.
Now, granted, I may be easily amused, and it may never take the place of the License Plate Game, but this one may just keep you out of some nasty situations, and help keep the rubber side down on your beloved scooter.
Tuesday, 7 February, 2012 by Alan Hearnshaw
Well, how much can there be to say about turn signals, right?
As it turns out, quite a lot.
The humble turn signal provides a lot more than just bling-bling and, when used correctly, it silently and efficiently announces our intended way through the urban jungle.
When used incorrectly, it is an invitation for disaster just waiting for a gullible victim to fall for its glittering deception.