The biggest problem facing motorcyclists is the fact that drivers do not see them on the road, and turn into or across the motorcyclist’s path, often with disastrous results.  It’s hard to understand how someone driving down the road can NOT see anything as big as a motorcycle or small car, but there are several technical explanations for why they don’t see the smaller vehicles which are grounded in fact.  It’s not always just an excuse, sometimes, for whatever lame reason, they really do not see us. 

Take the following test, and I think you’ll see that the person ultimately responsible for our safety is us.

http://www.msf-usa.org/motion.html

Use this link to go to the MSF website to a test you can take which helps explain why motorists do not see motorcycles unless they’re prepared to see them.  The condition is called Motion Induced Blindness.  You’ll be instructed to fixate on a green dot in the center of the grid.  There are also 3 yellow dots which will appear to come and go as the grid turns.  They swear that the yellow dots never actually leave the grid yet they will seem to disappear periodically.  See what happens when you take the test.

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