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Could My Safety Be Given Away

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    Course: Oh, there's a new hazard ahead, where am I gonna go?
    Mirrors: Anyone behind/besides me I'm gonna smash into as I flick around on my new course?
    Signal: Better let people know what I'm doing so they have a chance to react to my reactions
    Brakes: Gotta slow down a little to make that course work? Brake, cause they're more effective brakes AND you get a bonus signal to let people know you're slowing down so they don't rear end you. Then you can...
    Gear: Go down an appropriate number of gears according to how much you slowed down, where the new course you've chosen goes.
    Accelerate: Get out of there, briskly.

    A useful initialism for the learners out there. Have seen a few people on motorbikes that perhaps have given away parts of their safety because of a hazard.

    Don't give your own safety away and rely on someone else doing the right thing.
     
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    good tips :)
     
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    As in, gas it outta there to get away from the stench you just dropped in your underdaks? Yup, sounds about right ;) :p
     
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    Not to say bad idea but this isn't an easy to remember acronym and doesn't even rhyme.
     
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    @Studbag please, CMSBGA is an initialism not an acronym
     
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    Glad I could teach you boys a new word. Noting where this was posted on the forum, perhaps your trolling would be better directed elsewhere.
     
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    Change to HAMSBGA and it's easy to remember :) H=identify the hazard, A=course of action, rest the same.
     
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    I wouldn't consider trolling as simply pointing out that it might be a bit much for some learners to remember when they're still trying to learn how to stay upright in the first place.
     
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    Yours isn't necessarily a troll. John's definitely was around that direction.

    FWIW I was actually taught it while learning from a defensive driving instructor when I was 15. I still remember the phrase. I remembered it the couple of times in the past few weeks I've seen some learners do some dodgy shit.

    Work out what the fuck you're doing. Tell people what you're doing. Do it. Still not catchy but such is life.
     
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    What I posted was 100% fact, not a troll.
     
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    This method appears to assume you have bulk time to react to the hazzard, I didn't have much time to react to that kangaroo that jumped out in front of me on the weekend, let alone go through that check list.
     
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    Some of it is situational awareness, some of it is about ordering stuff so it's sensible. Lots of people don't do the latter.

    But ya know, gearing down before braking hitting a kangaroo is wasting time you could be spent using the more efficient braking technique of, you know, braking.
     
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    Let's apply it to your situation. The last time I had a kangaroo jump out in front of me on the cotter I thought
    a) "there's a kangaroo, that's a problem, I'll aim for its tail"
    (They tend to jump away from that part of their body)
    b) "yep, no-one besides me as I'm on a 1 lane road and noone's there"
    c) no need to indicate, I'm just gonna swerve a bit to the left here
    c) brake a bit
    d) went down a gear
    e) accelerated away once I'd navigated my way around the roo

    Or would you have accelerated into the kangaroo by doing that first?
     
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    All within a split second too, I just skipped a, c, d and e and went with the brake as hard as possible because, although they have a tail which is generally following where they are going, that is not always the case and I have found they can do pretty good u-turns also. So I just slow down until I am just about stopped near them if I can, without getting nailed from behind. The kangaroo scene is the most unpredictable one riders can come across if you ask me. Can be a drama for cars also going off the weird skidmarks you see in the middle of nowhere.

    The problem with this one was I was relaxing a bit as I didn't expect them at that time of day, soon got my attention and made me ride the rest of that day in a state of preparedness, which you should really do all the time anyway.
     
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    I agree about that last statement - mental preparedness is the key.
     
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