One of the most common accidents for new and returning riders is single vehicle loss of control accidents.
These can occur in a straight line and also around bends but why do they happen.
Studies have shown newer riders tend to look down when riding. They may be spending more time looking for their controls or just don’t feel comfortable looking up. They see hazards too late then they are unable to react early and smoothly.
To avoid this we need to be looking up and as far ahead as possible. We should never fixate on something in front of us either i.e. the vehicle we are following.
Think about throwing out a net and throwing it as far as you can. That’s where you re yes should go, then as you pull the net back it opens up so you start scanning side to side looking for any hazards.
Constantly keep your eyes moving and maintain your special awareness. This way you can identify hazards early and react with plenty of time.
Starting a corner out wide will also improve vision through the corner and help you identify any hazards early.
Looking up then reacting early and smoothly will greatly reduce the chance of a loss of control accident.