OK, it’s admission time. Who goes to YouTube, and watches those “Crash Compilation” videos? Nobody admitting it? Well, OK. I’ll go first. I do!
Now, in my defence, I don’t merely watch them for voyeuristic reasons. I watch them to see if there is anything that can be learned from the mistakes that have been made.
You see, I adamantly refuse to call crashes “accidents”. Very rarely indeed is a crash the result of an accident. OK, maybe the unfortunate soul who is riding along when a rock dislodges from the cliff above, and knocks the hapless individual on his noggin… that could be called an accident. Well, possibly the guy who is riding along, minding his own business when a freak wind blows a carelessly discarded newspaper on to his visor — causing him to lose control as he is desperately trying to see through the sports section… that could be called an accident. But no more! For everything else, there is culpability. Continue reading The Traffic Light Gotcha
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…
Anyway, before I get too carried away (which I did in making that image), I had better bring us back to reality with the explanation that SMIDSY and SAM are abbreviations which describe a situation us scooter riders find ourselves in quite often – and offers a technique you may consider, if it seems appropriate to you. Continue reading SMIDSY and SAM
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. Continue reading Positioning – Part One