While sharing the roads with cars can be stressful and difficult, Wisconsin traffic safety can be greatly improved by riders remembering the acronym SEE, which stands for Search, Evaluate, Execute. These three steps will help riders make intelligent decisions even in the most crowded and confusing traffic.
- Looking far ahead of you and to both sides;
- Checking blind spots to see possible obstacles before it is too late; and
- Looking for possible escape routes near intersections, shopping areas, construction zones, or other busy or congested areas.
It is especially important to be on the lookout in areas where you and your bike may be hidden from view. Search for obstacles such as oncoming traffic that might be turning left, traffic from both sides, any rear traffic, and dangerous road conditions.
There are a lot of factors that could affect a motorcyclist. Be aware of these factors when you evaluate the road conditions:
- Decide which obstacles pose a threat to you, and have a plan to reduce these hazards.
- Be aware of road conditions such as potholes, trees, or other immovable objects that could play a role in your decision-making.
- Keep an eye on surrounding traffic; be prepared in case another driver accidentally moves into your lane.
Once you have made a decision, it is time to act:
- Be sure to make your presence known through the use of your lights and possibly your horn.
- Adjust your speed and position accordingly.
- Take it one step at a time.
For more information on sharing the road with motorists, see our article, “Sharing the Road with Motorists: Tips for Wisconsin Riders”.
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