Seeing Around Corners
- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 12 March 2008
There’s a strong tendency amongst novice riders, and many experienced ones too...
There’s a strong tendency amongst novice riders, and many experienced ones too, not to change their road position a great deal, with most riding near the centre of the road.
But this has an important influence on your view ahead as you approach and go around a corner. For right-handers for example, move over to the left side of the road and you’ll find you can see much further around the corner, with obvious benefits to safety.
At the point where the corner straightens out, and you can see out of it again, then you should be pulling the bike back towards the centre of the road.
With left-handers, moving the bike over to the right has the same effect, increasing the distance you can see down the road in front of you.
But don’t stick to rules like this slavishly! It’s often the case that slippery manhole covers, dirt and potholes are found on the nearside of roads – don’t ride into these just for the sake of a better view around a right hander.
Slow down instead.