MIKE WAITE served in the Dorset Police for 20 years as a police motorcycle instructor training police officers to the very highest level of high-speed pursuit riding. Now you can buy his expert training DVD on Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com.
I can still hear your voice and am keeping my head up and my position on the road. I have also noticed my heart rate has dropped and am far less tense. It has made me much safer and much more confident, without being cocky.G.W. from Surrey
Let us take a look and see what this picture presents to you. As we enter I would straight away take a course to left of centre. We can see by looking at the visual point and the house half way into the bend that it is a lefthand bend and see the severity of it by observing the angle of the front of the house and its roof. I would have scanned the driveways of all the houses and confirmed any movement. Road surface is damp in patches. I would also note the type of road surface and its adhesion. Long broken white lines indicate restricted view and possible junctions. A couple of telegraph poles may be useful later.
I would anticipate that just around the lefthand bend I could be confronted by a large vehicle, so I am interested in the distance I can see to be clear. No street lights and no speed limit sign shows me that the speed limit is the national speed limit. I have checked my mirror and made progress.
For the advanced rider all these features and plans can be formed in a couple of seconds, as will the rest of the journey as it unfolds
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