There's plenty you need to remember when riding a motorcycle, but one of the most important things you need to think about is where you're looking. Whatever you do, don't focus on the car or rider right in front of you. You need to know what they're doing but they shouldn't consume all of your focus.
There isn't any single place a rider should look. A motorcycle rider's eyes need to be constantly scanning and surveying the world around to ensure that nothing will go wrong. Here are some places to keep your eyes when riding.
Look Further Down the Road
You've probably heard this before, but it cannot be understated. The further you can see down the road, the better off you're going to be. When you can look far down the road while riding a motorcycle, you can react to what's coming up.
Look beyond the car in front of you or the first couple cars in front of you. You need to be looking as far ahead as you can. This will ensure that you see everything you need to see.
Keep an Eye On the Vehicles Around You
While you're looking down the road, you still need to be conscious of the other motorists around you. Keep an eye on the cars next to you, in front of you and behind you. You don't want to focus all your energy on these vehicles, but you need to be ready for someone to suddenly move into your lane or slow down.
After a while, you'll develop a kind of sixth sense for this. You still have to use your eyes, but you'll also be able to anticipate where people are going to move based on how they're driving. Still, you have to see them and watch them to begin with.
Use Your Mirrors
You need to be able to see what's going on behind you. Is there a car coming up on your butt really fast? Is there a cop car with his lights on barreling down the road? What about a fire truck? Sometimes it can be hard to hear things and using your mirrors to see what's behind you is critical.
Too many riders remove or don't use their mirrors. They're only worried about what's in front of them. While I can understand that, obstacles can pop up from any angle and you need to have two good mirrors on your bike. When using them, try to look as far back as you can just as you try to look as far forward as you can. The more you can see, the more you know.
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