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Another piece from ride apart, this time on dos and donts of emergency braking.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Emergency Braking | RideApart


DO: Progressively squeeze. Start gentle and work up to fully engaged.

Don't: Grab a handful.

DO: Use both brakes, you have two for a reason

Don't: Rely just on the rear. Decel lurches weight forward, think about how your car nose dives under hard braking, which ones do you think are taking the brunt?

DO: Be Aware. Ride defensively leaving yourself as large a margin of error as possible.

Don't: Rely on other vehicles for your safety

DO: Plan ahead. Use your eyes, whats happening in front of you, around you. Always ready to react just in case. You should already drive your car like this.

Don't: Find yourself Surprised. Surprise=panic. Identify risks as best as possible to minimize your likely hood to be overwhelmed.

DO: Practice, and practice and then practice more. They might teach you in MSF, but remember what happened to grade 9 algebra.... yea thats what i thought..

Don't: Expect it work if you don't know how to use it. Fine you don't need to practice, i guess thats true if you intend to leave your bike parked in the shed.

DO: Brake HARD. Scrub as much speed as possible before impact (if its coming).

Don't: LET GO, you can't stop an accident if you bail. Trust what you can do.

As much as these are motorcycle concepts many of them should already be driving habits and if not, well you better get practicing.
 

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you mean you don't just jump off and ditch the bike? :p

great tips cropper. like said before. they teach you all of this in the riders course but its always good to read and remind yourself. Especially emergency procedures. Play the scenario out in your head. Even if you are sitting on the bike with the ignition off.

You don't exactly encounter emergency often so you want to train your mind to react to the situation as a reflex.
 

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you mean you don't just jump off and ditch the bike? :p

great tips cropper. like said before. they teach you all of this in the riders course but its always good to read and remind yourself. Especially emergency procedures. Play the scenario out in your head. Even if you are sitting on the bike with the ignition off.

You don't exactly encounter emergency often so you want to train your mind to react to the situation as a reflex.
well exactly, they teach you a bunch of stuff in high school that gets forgotten, so I'm pretty sure people forget a whole bunch of the stuff they learn at MSF. Even just look around at the drivers out there, they all went to driving school but seem to of forgotten the rules....
 

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they do forget but having experience through riding and riding often is just as important.

you can study text all you want.

without first hand experience. its still useless.
 

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I think that people should practice emergency braking while they are learning to ride just so that they know how it feels. Better to practice braking than to have to try it for the first time in an actual emergency.

I'm thinking that the most common mistake is slamming the brakes instead of gradually applying them. ABS should help out too.
 

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I think that people should practice emergency braking while they are learning to ride just so that they know how it feels. Better to practice braking than to have to try it for the first time in an actual emergency.

I'm thinking that the most common mistake is slamming the brakes instead of gradually applying them. ABS should help out too.
It is one of the better things someone can do.
best to find a parking lot or dead road and do it making sure it's done controlled
 

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It is one of the better things someone can do.
best to find a parking lot or dead road and do it making sure it's done controlled
Yea when I was learning to drive my mom took me to an empty parking lot. Later when I learnt to ride a motorcycle I did the same thing. Its really the best way to experiment and learn how to ride/drive.
 

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I think that people should practice emergency braking while they are learning to ride just so that they know how it feels. Better to practice braking than to have to try it for the first time in an actual emergency.

I'm thinking that the most common mistake is slamming the brakes instead of gradually applying them. ABS should help out too.
the thing about ABS is it never allows you to apply max braking pressure. I'm referencing what I know about autos here, so keep that in mind. But ABS keeps the tires from locking up, where as a skilled braker will keep wheels on the cusp of lockup which is much more effective than the pulsing of ABS.

the point of ABS is negating lockup so you can still maneuver.
 

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Yea when I was learning to drive my mom took me to an empty parking lot. Later when I learnt to ride a motorcycle I did the same thing. Its really the best way to experiment and learn how to ride/drive.
I learned like that too, with my friends instead of my mom, my mom would have killed me if she found out.

Having friends that knew the in's and out's of it helped.
 

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They teach you emergency braking in the riders course

no harm in practicing in any empty lot or road if you think it will help
 
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