NEW COURSE CATCH PHRASES
Welcome to the new Queensland motorcycle licensing laws.
During your three stages of licensing (Pre-learner, RE and R) you will hear the following words ad nauseam. Repetition will help you retain information and give you a system of control to navigate the unfamiliar skills of riding a motorcycle on the road.
I have listed them with a quick description to remove some anxiety prior to taking your course:
ROADCRAFT: Using a combination of motorcycle handling, traffic law, psychology, and driving/riding experience to keep you safe on the road.
TWO STAGE BRAKING/ SETUP AND SQUEEZE: The two stages of braking. “Setup” refers to the initial taking up of the lever and first application of brake pad on brake disc. “Squeeze” is the continual increasing of pressure on the lever to safely use a motorcycle brake.
FRONT BRAKE, HEADCHECK, STAND: The procedure for mounting and dismounting a motorcycle. Front brake application (two stages) to stabilise the bike, do a headcheck (turn your head to see behind you) to make sure it is safe to get on the bike, and retract the stand straight away to ensure you don’t ride off with it down (older motorcycles and modified bikes will not have the kill switch on the side stand).
MIRRORS, BRAKES, GEARS: We start to introduce this while describing the controls of a motorcycle. It will lead into LOOK for the hazard, SLOW down or prepare to brake, MOVE AWAY by selecting a gear/speed/avoidance technique to keep you safe.
LOOK, SLOW DOWN, MOVE AWAY: Identify potential hazards early! Get ready to react in the safest way possible (preferably slowing down as opposed to swerving or accelerating), then create a buffer or safety space from the potential hazard!
HEADCHECK, HEADCHECK, HEADCHECK: Not specifically in the curriculum, but one of my favourites. Pretty self explanatory. Always check over the shoulder before a changing road position or taking off from stationary.
3 SECONDS, 6 SECONDS, 12 SECONDS: Follow vehicles at a 3 second distance. Always keep 6 seconds of visual distance ahead of you (especially on twisty roads) and try your best to scan ahead 12 seconds for any clue to the oncoming traffic conditions.
METERS PER SECOND – NOT – KILOMETERS PER HOUR: Start thinking of your speed in meters per second instead of the kilometers per hour. It will help you recognise the incredible distance we cover in just blinks of the eye. A normal driver has a reaction time of up to 1.5 seconds, consider the distance you are travelling in that time!
40Km/hr = 12 m/s
60Km/hr = 17 m/s
80Km/hr = 22 m/s
100Km/hr = 27 m/s