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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Traffic spacing-a lesson from ERC

One of the sections of classroom discussion in the ERC covered spacing and interval between the motorcycle and other traffic especially vehicles in front. Three categories were mentioned, a 2 second interval, a 4 second interval and a 12 second interval. The 12 second interval requires looking ahead past the vehicle directly in front of you and up to 5 to 7 vehicles ahead. It is part of SEE. Search Evaluate and Execute.

The 4 second interval relates to keeping a minimum 2 second to 4 second space between the vehicle directly in front of you for safety and allowing enough reaction time to be able to move out of the way or stop as needed to avoid a crash or encounter. There was also mention about older riders and how reaction time can slow down along with eyesight and visual clarity. Taking all that into consideration, from now on I am leaving a 1 day interval between me and the traffic in front of me.

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