If you take a motorcycle safety course, you will likely be instructed to practice the motorcycle SPIDE strategy. Designed to protect riders while out on the road, SPIDE can prove invaluable in dangerous motorcycling situations. It consists of the following five steps:
- Scan – Continuously scan ahead for potential hazards. Oil, water, sand or other debris can create difficulties for you. Pay attention to vehicles, birds, people, shadows, bright lights and anything else that could affect you.
- Identify – Quickly identify any potential hazards you see. The sooner you identify a hazard, the longer you will have to complete the next steps.
- Predict – Predict what kind of risk the potential hazard may pose. You need to determine what will happen between you and the hazard. In the case of other vehicles, it can be useful to look at the front wheel to determine the path of travel.
- Decide – Decide what your best course of action is to avoid the hazard. This will usually involve a decision to determine the choice of speed and effective use of distance and maneuvering.
- Execute – Execute your plan to avoid the hazard. Practicing riding skills, such as tight turns, rapid down-shifting, motorcycle balance and emergency braking, will enhance your ability to execute your plan quickly and efficiently
SPIDE may seem obvious to you, but it is worth studying and practicing regularly. Its smooth implementation could mean the difference between a great ride and a motorcycle accident.
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