Developing your 'mental radar system' when riding in traffic - 4

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Submitted by Visordown on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 16:26

Fighter jets have massive computers to bring all the sensor inputs together – but you have an even better option: your brain. When riding, try to switch into a 'mode' where you're analysing the inputs, ranking them for importance, then storing them short-term, until they become outdated. So when you're stopped at a red light, you should have a total 3D picture in your head of all the traffic stopped next to you, what's opposite, and everything else around. Is that bloke with the pram going to risk crossing on red? Will the GTI on the other side try a quick right turn in front of you when he sees amber? Is that orange flashing light up ahead roadworks or a broken-down car? How deep is that puddle in the middle of the junction?

 

 

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