Riding in traffic on a motorcycle – 3 second gap

Riding in traffic on a motorcycle – 3 second gap


There’s one problem when riding in traffic on a motorcycle when something goes wrong around you, someone usually comes off second best and in many cases, it’s the motorcyclist.

This interesting little video shows you what happens when this occurs. In this case it’s an interesting outcome. The video reminded me of how I should ride in traffic.

Here’s what works for me; I leave around a 3 second gap between me and the vehicle in front.

I do this by watching the vehicle in front go past a fixed point (could be a road marker, a sign, a tree, etc.) on the road side then I start counting ‘one thousand, two thousand, three thousand’ at normal speaking speed, each thousand representing 1 second.

By the time I go past that same fixed point (while counting one thousand, two thousand, three thousand), I should be at 3000 (3 seconds) or greater.

Why 3 seconds? Anything less reduces my breaking space and ability to respond quickly and can also intimidate the driver in front.

That’s what works for me.

About Chris Mundy

Hi, I'm a Tech guy and writer and have been a Motorcyclist since I was 16. It started with Yamaha DT175 and now it's my BMW K1300GT. I like to write about Motorcycling in between my IT Stuff at Chris Mundy.Me

I also have a World War I site dedicated to my great uncle Edward Claude Perkins.

I help people to communicate Technology through the Visualising IT Course. Visualising IT helps people to maximise their use of diagrams, drawing and presentation to get the message across clearly and concisely to non-IT and IT audiences. Find out more about the Visualising IT Course here.

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