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.
Your DVD recently saved my life,and I'm not being over-dramatic when I say that. On a road I know well, there is a sweeping left hand bend with a hump-back bridge half way through. Last night I was approaching the hump-back and, remembering your words (as I do with every turn of the wheels) I "mowed the daisies", i.e. held a line in the left hand kerb. And flying over the hump-back towards me came an old BMW 5-series full of young lads,doing around 60 in a 30 and completely on my side of the road. Had I been a couple of feet further out, my wife would now be a widow. Thank you.John Muzzlewhite
Without thinking about it your eyes will automatically adjust with the speed you feel you are traveling at.
As speed increases our eyes adjust automatically, as we decrease speed the shorter our view will be. You must think about searching ahead because if you do not your eyes will drop automatically. This is without doubt a major cause of accidents.
The visual point trains your eyes to look to the farthest point and it will give you vital information, enabling you to plan and react to features ahead. You might think that by looking far into the distance you would not see the vehicles, pedal cycles or pedestrians in front of you, either slowing down, crossing the road or closing with you. Take it from me, when looking up you will be aware of all that is happening around you with your peripheral vision.
Raising your eyes and using the Visual point will enable you to plan and anticipate. Concentration is all important.
Practice raising your eyes and looking further ahead and notice details in the road upfront, cars applying their brakes, people hesitating about to cross the road, a vehicle coming from a side road. As you practice looking ahead you will see a bigger picture of the road ahead and give yourself much greater chance to make safer decisions.
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