Planning

This is actually quite interesting but it mostly applies to driving on small winding roads in the country side, but isn’t that also what is the most fun (and dangerous) to do? The basic principle is to drive as straight as you can through corners, you do this for several reasons. As you minimize the amount you have to lean you generate less side forces so the risk of losing your grip is smaller. This also means that you can keep a higher average speed, which kind of removes the previous benefit, but that is up to you. In these examples I assume you’re driving on the right side of the road, not the left.

If you are approaching a left turn you can enter it while keeping close to the edge on the right and then take a straighter course through it. This means that in the middle of the corner you are close to the center line, and then you exit close to the right edge again. Make sure not to pass the center line with your body as you don’t want to hit oncoming traffic. Also keep in mind that if you don’t see far ahead there can be obstacles just outside or on the edge so getting too close can be dangerous, especially if you’re doing a right turn and you are leaning that way.

In Sweden you are allowed to use the entire road if there is no center line, but also remember that you should be able to break on the part of the road you can see at any given moment and drive so that you don’t obstruct other traffic. Though, if you are keeping to the other side of the road make sure that you can see far enough ahead to know that it is safe, also keep in mind that you could meet someone who is speeding.

Before Cornering

This is also part of planning and it is preparing before the corner. The entire point is to have the right speed, gear and position to travel through the corner smoothly. This means you should have finished adjusting your speed and gear before entering the corner, if you start to break in the middle it will make the bike go straight forward instead! Though, I have read that you can break with your rear break to actually turn more, I guess it works by locking the rear wheel to make it slide a little, but in all honesty I have not tried that yet and it is probably a pretty risky maneuver as you might overdo it.

Intersections

This is something my books and my instructor did not agree on, I will go with the instructor’s version though. If you are approaching an intersection in a reserved lane and you are about to make a turn, instead of keeping to the center of the lane you should place yourself towards the direction you are turning, this because mopeds or bicycles could otherwise slip into the space next to you without you noticing, which obviously is dangerous.

Another point made by my instructor was to never stop at the very end of the lane in an intersection or too close to vehicle in front of you. The reason for this is that you could be hit from behind and either get pushed out into traffic or become crushed between two vehicles. To keep a safety margin like this is probably worth it even if it might seem a bit cautious.

Leave a Reply