lifesaverlarryLarry Lifesaver’s Tips!

We are extremely pleased to have the knowledge and experience of Larry Lifesaver available to us.

You can access his tips on safety for motorcyclists on the links below.

Keep an eye out here for new riding tips. Larry has plenty more to give!

Be careful out there and Listen to Larry!

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1. "NOTHING" Won't hurt you!

1. "NOTHING" Won't hurt you!

There is only one thing that won't hurt you when riding a motorcycle and that thing is "NOTHING"!

Make sure there is nothing in front, nothing behind and nothing to the right or left.

A common place you lose your "Nothing" is behind. Check those mirrors every few seconds to see if you have a tail gator. Gators are dangerous. You can lose a Gator when you pull away from a junction. You know you can out accelerate most cars, so as you leave the junction wind it up and get up to speed quickly. You'll have that "Nothing" back in seconds. 

So stay surrounded by "Nothing" and keep safe.

Larry.

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2. "Crush Zones" or double "Nothing"

2. "Crush Zones" or double "Nothing"

As we already know, you need more than two seconds of "Nothing" between you and the vehicle in front, but let's think about double "Nothing" or "Crush Zones"

A "Crush Zone" is when a rider has a car too close behind and another too close in front. If the guy in front hits the brakes suddenly, it often can result in the bike getting squashed between the two cars.

A common place a rider loses that "Nothing" both back and front and find themselves in a "Crush Zone" is when pulling away in a line of traffic from lights or junctions.  So always move off slower than the vehicle in front of you to get your up front "Nothing" back.

You can't do much about how close the guy behind is driving but at least you'll have some space in front and are not in a "Crush Zone"

Avoid "Crush Zones" and keep safe.

Larry.

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3. Check that blind spot

3. Check that blind spot

Any time you turn or move right or left look over your shoulder before you make the manoeuvre, it will save your life. They don’t call them “Lifesavers” for nothing.

One place a Lifesaver is often forgotten is at the end of an overtaking lane. Check over your shoulder to make sure that a car is not about to overtake as his lane ends. Do it early, the car driver should see your head move and mostly will slow and pull in behind you. If he doesn’t but tries to still overtake at least you know he is there and you can throttle off to let him by.

Larry.

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4. The 12 O'Clock Rule

4. The 12 O'Clock Rule

The key is, on approach, look at the roundabout direction sign and think of it as a clock. If the road you intend take is past 12 O’clock (Unless road markings say otherwise) You will need to take the right-hand lane. Stay in the right-hand lane with you right indicator on until you are passing the exit before the one you want, then change to your left indicator. Look over that left shoulder to make sure it’s clear before you turn off the roundabout.

Keep safe. Larry.

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5. Road positioning for safety

5. Road positioning for safety

More about “Nothing” …. Road Positioning for safety.

A point riders often miss is that it’s a good idea to hardly ever use the right-hand part of your lane … really? Yes, let’s look at it.

Riding straight ahead. Ride in the centre of your lane to make yourself more conspicuous, easier to see and so cars must overtake properly.

Cornering. When making a left-hander always stay in the centre of your lane. There could be a car or truck stopped out of sight around the bend. This way you can pass it without stopping or worse, running into the back of it.

When taking right-hander, move over to the left to about where the near side car wheels run to keep away from traffic in the oncoming lane. The oncoming driver might drift wide into your lane. Remember, your head is closer to that centre than your feet. You can also better see around the bend.

About the only time we use the right-hand side of our lane is when we are turning off to the right or overtaking. Yup, it’s all about lots of “Nothing” between us and the other guys.

Keep it shiny side up guys!

Larry.

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6. Filtering

6. Filtering

"FILTERING'' Isn't it GREAT! Saves a lot of time getting through slow traffic, "DANGEROUS" though if you don't really know what you are doing.

The key is "SLOW" and "SAFE" Filtering is a risky business. It's just overtaking but remember all the rules of overtaking apply. For instance, you must not cross a solid white line or pass when it is not safe to do so. You must only pass on the offside.

Here is the tip .....

It's common for filterers come unstuck and get hung out to dry with nowhere to get back in out of the way of oncoming cars. You can avoid this scary situation by thinking ahead more. Look along the line of traffic before you pull out to filter until you can see a safe refuge ahead that you can easily get in to. Ride from one safe refuge to the next. No safe refuge, stay where you are.

See you on the road.

Larry.

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