Experienced riders remain aware of what is going on around them. They improve their riding strategy by using SEE, a three-step process for making appropriate judgments and applying them correctly in different traffic situations. SEE stands for: Search, Evaluate, and Execute.
Actively search ahead, to the sides, and behind to help you avoid potential hazards. How you search and how much time and space you have, can eliminate or reduce harm. Focus even more on finding potential escape routes in or around intersections, shopping areas, or school and construction zones.
Search for factors such as:
Oncoming traffic that may turn left in front of you.
Traffic coming from either the left, right, or behind.
Hazardous road conditions.
Think about how hazards can create risks for you. Anticipate potential problems and have a plan to reduce risks.
Road and surface characteristics such as potholes, guardrails, bridges, telephone poles and trees won’t move into your path but may influence your riding strategy.
Traffic control devices such as traffic signals, regulatory signs, warning signs, and pavement markings will help you evaluate circumstances ahead.
Vehicles and other traffic may move into your path and increase the likelihood of a collision.
Think about your time and space requirements in order to maintain a margin of safety. You must leave yourself time to react if an emergency arises.
Carry out your decision. To create more space and minimize harm from any hazard:
Communicate your presence with lights and/or your horn.
Adjust your speed by accelerating, stopping, or slowing.
Adjust your lane position and/ or direction of travel.
Apply the old saying “one step at a time” to handle two or more hazards. Adjust your speed so you can deal with each hazard separately. Then deal with them one at a time as single hazards. Decision-making becomes more complex with three or more hazards. Weigh the consequences of each and give equal distance to the hazards.
In high-risk areas, such as intersections, shopping areas, or school and construction zones, cover the clutch and both brakes to reduce your reaction time.