Riding in traffic can be quite nerve-racking, but it needn’t always be. You can cruise the lanes with lots of care and determination till you reach your destination. Today, I’ll be sharing some really easy yet wise strategies to manage heavy traffic. The key, of course, is to keep calm and ride on.
1) Keep an eye on the driver’s or rider’s head movements
As most people will first tilt their head before taking a left or right, you’ll get a hint of the direction they are going to take. Who knew this that this simple trick can give you the advance intimation you needed.
2) Maintain a safe distance between an offramp and a vehicle
The basic rule is to never place yourself between an offramp and a vehicle. It sounds too simple, but many people forget this rule.
3) Always be ready to apply the brakes
You never know when you may need to use them, so it’s best to place a finger on it at all times. You can also keep your right toe close to the rear brake pedal, just in case.
4) Make sure to be visible
This helps others stay alerted. During night time riding, make sure your jacket and bike have radium strips that reflect in the dark. Your headlights should always work, this goes without saying.
5) Escape plan during slow traffic
If the traffic is slowing down, try to stick to either the right or left of the car in front of you. This will give you a quick escape route whenever needed. You’ll, in turn, reduce the space between other vehicles too.
6) Keep your eyes open
Always scan the area around you for other vehicles, pedestrians or even animals. It will help you be prepared and avoid unexpected changes.
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