Becoming a better rider: Is the road clear?

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Becoming a better rider: Is the road clear?

Postby stephenwc » Fri 21 Dec, 2012 11:57 pm

The information phase of IPSGA

This post is intended as an introduction for the new associate and aims to highlight some elements of the ‘Information’ phase of the System of Motorcycle Control.

Look at the photograph below and answer this question: Is the road clear?

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In summary…

You are in position 1 at the far left of your lane.

The road is well surfaced, level, wet but clear of debris and wide enough for two lanes of traffic separated by the hazard warning lines.

The view seems quite good with no apparent junctions or field entrances other than a small muddy area on the left which appears not to extend across the ditch on your left.

There are low hedges on the right in the near and middle distance.

The national speed limit applies to this road.

So, is the road clear?

Yes? Maybe? No? Don’t know?

Remember that we ‘Take / Use / Give’ information, as part of our planning process, based on:

· what can be seen;
· what can’t be seen and;
· what could reasonably be expected to happen.

Have another look. Take your time and scroll down once you’ve made your decision.

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Here’s the answer:

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It wasn’t clear after all…

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There’s obviously some dead ground that hid the white car.

In fact this bend has a significant amount of dead ground. The clue is that the hazard warning lines disappear into the right verge.

In fact you CANNOT see enough to say whether the road is clear or not so your answer was probably either ‘Can’t tell’ or ‘Don’t know’.

Well done if that’s what you decided.

The next sequence of photos shows how oncoming vehicles disappear into the dead ground:

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Let’s ask the original question again. Is the road clear?

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How about if we move a little closer where you can see what happens to the hazard warning lines?
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Is it clear?

Yes? Maybe? No? Don’t know?

Again, take your time and scroll down once you’ve made your decision.
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Just a little bit closer and there it is, a lay-by (muddy but large enough for 4 cars) and a parked car with two occupants.
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It was hidden by the bush in the hedgerow on the right.

What’s the learning point from all this?

Plan your ride based on:

· what you can see;
· what you can’t see and;
· what you can reasonably expect to happen.

Please remember that you’re likely to approach this bend doing at least 40mph and you’d have only 2 or 3 seconds to plan for the hazard...

I hope this was useful.

Stephen

PS The photos were taken from point ‘A’ looking toward point ‘B’ on Bell Lane near Sissinghurst just east of the A274.
Google Maps link = http://tinyurl.com/3axqotl
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Re: Becoming a better rider: Is the road clear?

Postby ncarring » Tue 08 Jan, 2013 12:36 pm

Nice one! I correctly identified the dead ground but didn't account for the layby as well. Another one for the memory bank.
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Re: Becoming a better rider: Is the road clear?

Postby david7richards » Thu 01 Apr, 2021 9:05 am

Thats a great reminder, thanks
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