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Thursday, 17 April 2014 06:00

What do On-line Games and Safe Motorcycle Riding have in common?

David PocockQuestion: What do On-line Games and Safe Motorcycle Riding have in common?

Yes, I know there are several answers here, however consider the following.

In Gaming repeat runs through a scenario (remember this word, it’ll come up a few more times) will yield optimal survival.  So in other words, if you think through a given event enough times, figure out the best survival outcome and then game it to see if that is what happens, you will already “know” what to do when the “real” thing happens. 

Gaming example:

Quest: To gain the Basket of Most Enjoyable Foods and 400 Exp points, you must avoid the Random Road Pits, Trolls of Inattention and the evil Madge of Malevolence oh and there are always the LEO`s who will dock you points for infractions of game rules.

 First try: You successfully miss all of the Random Road Pits, but two of the Trolls of Inattention manage to thwart your advance a cause you to `Agro` the LEO`s and loose the track to the Basket.  Result, -40 health and -60 energy.

Restart quest after healing and resupply of energy.

Second try: You know how to already miss all of the Random Road Pits, and you`re already looking out for the tricks that the Trolls of Inattention pulled the last time and you`ve figured out that going left and THEN right will avoid that particular trap and you think you can jump the next two Trolls of Inattention without `Agro-ing` the LEO`s but the Madge of Malevolence Manages to bump you off the track to the Basket of Most Enjoyable foods.  Result - 60 health and -100 Energy

Restart quest after healing and resupply of energy

And so the game continues till you have successfully gained the Basket of Most Enjoyable Foods, +200 health, + 600 energy.

Riding. 

In your head, or even better  talk it out with some of your friends, think about any emergency event called (remember this word) a scenario.  Follow the five golden questions, Who, What, Where, Why and How.

Example:

Who: Single rider in moderate traffic, clear weather, dry pavement.

What: A car wreck happens.

Where: Right in front of you

Why: Inattention by one of the drivers (remember our Trolls of Inattention)

How: We will stipulate that you’ve been doing YOUR due diligence being a defensive rider you are a reasonable space behind the vehicle ahead, so you check for a clear lane one side or another brake and move to that lane.

Now is the time for you, or the group, to jump in and talk about what “could” go wrong. 

Did you signal?

What “might” the vehicle behind you do?

What other factors might be involved?  (Eg. Loose gravel, glass shards from shattered windows, fluids from unknown sources or the accident ahead...etc.)

Once you or the group have successfully “gamed” a good outcome to the basic problem, add other factors, for example; low light, going into the rising or setting sun, night time, varying degrees of precipitation (rain OR snow), change the speeds and direction of the incident. 

So, Now that you have the idea here are some Scenario’s to play with, have fun and by all means add something completely off-the-wall to each scenario and share what you come up with.

1) Two lane road, you are ahead of a tractor/trailer rig by a reasonable amount, there is another tractor/trailer rig coming toward you in the opposite lane, a vehicle pulls out from behind the oncoming rig to pass and “does not see” you.

2)You are in the middle lane of three, there is a tractor/trailer in the lane beside you to the right, in the left lane 100 metres ahead there is vehicle that has a blowout, there is a vehicle immediately beside or slightly ahead of you in the lane to your left and behind you is a police car.

3) At dusk, you are on a two lane country road in hilly country.  You see deer on the left side of the road and there is a reasonably deep ditch on the right side of the road.  Just after the ditch there is a field access to which the gate is open. As you are approaching some of the deer head to the open gate right across your path of travel.

4) In city traffic, as you approach an intersection with the green light showing for you, a vehicle jumps the red light and hits a vehicle in the oncoming lane, you are in the inside lane, there are no vehicles in the outside lane.  To change this up, change the lanes of travel and the lanes in which the accident occurs and possibly add stray pedestrians.

5) You are on a multi-lane road and the vehicle just in front of you, in one of the lanes to either side of you, changes lane with out signal or apparently looking.   For an even higher level of difficulty, add that this vehicle keeps going and hits a vehicle in the lane to the other side of you.

See what you and your riding group come up with for answers make sure you look at the question from as many different perspectives and decide on a reasonable response.  Then maybe, as a group, set up the scene and walk through it and detail what you would do, where and when this will help to set it in your thinking and maybe if or when something like the scenario you have already “Gamed” happens you will be able to react and deal with the event in such a manner that you WILL gain the Basket of Most Enjoyable Foods +100 Health, +600 energy.

Ride safe, ride well.  We would rather talk with you than about you. 

Last modified on Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:42

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