One thing a lot of car drivers don’t realize is that even riders drive. We don’t use our motorcycles all the time. And when we do drive, it’s generally much better than the cagers who never ride at all. And, here’s a good list of reasons why..
After you’ve ridden enough, it just becomes second nature. But, that doesn’t mean riders aren’t much better in their coordination.
Riding requires you to balance the bike, operate two different brakes, operate a manual transmission and clutch system, all at the same time.
When we drive, that translates into much better coordination with behind the wheel and at the pedals.
People who’re just accustomed to driving in cars tend to lose connect with the real dangers on the road. Riders always have to be aware of the things on the road that can cause kill or injure them. This causes us to be hyper-aware about our surroundings on the road, and ride defensively. When behind the wheel in a cage, that mentality doesn’t just go away that easy.
The sense even science agrees exists, but doesn’t explain. The weird inexplicable sensation of things that are just about to happen. Riders develop that as a survival instinct. We somehow tend to know better and before about the stupid thing the idiot ahead is about to do.
Whether it’s just keen observation and better processing of environmental stimuli or a gift of God, this “sixth sense” really helps us avoid a lot of sh*t, whether we’re riding or driving.
The slightest problems in the road can wreck havoc for a rider. That’s why we tend to pay more attention to the dangers on the road, including dangers from the weather.
A rainy day in a car is just like a sunny one. Not on a bike. You need to be well-prepared beforehand. And this heightened awareness of the road and weather really helps us prepare better for driving through extreme weather as well as better over just about any road.
There are 2 reasons why we’re better at it. One, motorcycle rearview mirrors are absolutely useless, compared to the ones on our cars. Two, car drivers’ blindspots scare the living hell out of us. Chances of us meeting our makers are much higher when we’re a car’s blindspot.
So, as car drivers, that really translates into a much heightened concern for blindspots than non-riders.
Even the slightest of hits can be dangerous for us. Drivers often have the option of braking hard and just get off with someone mildly rear-ending them and insurance paying the costs. Riders don’t really have that option.
And no amount of road awareness and sixth sense can accommodate for all the unexpected things that can and do happen on the road. Consequently, we develop skills to respond faster to dangers on the road. And that continues with us in the car.
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