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On y'all's repeated recommendation I picked up David Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling", largely a refresher of all the stuff I've forgotten from my motorcycle safety course two years ago, and so have been reminded that in the split seconds in which potential accidents occur my reaction will largely be determined by habits I have practiced and based on muscle memory and training.

I know y'all have probably heard this already, but it's worth ingraining deep into our psyches: Tammi Jo Shults calmly guiding Southwest 1380 to safety. Like Sully Sullenberger in 2009, this seems the pinnacle of training toward which we should aspire each day.

34 seconds of pure human excellence:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/southwest-airlines-flight-1380-audio-tammie-jo-shults-engine-explosion-hero-pilot-sucked-out-window-a8310126.html

Practice that counter steering!!!
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Our military does produce some amazing people. My best buddy growing up became a military fighter pilot. I can recall when he was off duty or on leave after his training, while we were riding in a car together, it seemed like every moment he was going over emergency procedures in his mind. Sometimes out loud and so often that I could probably recite some of them.
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I've written this before, but I can say that roughly 80% of the safety and evasive-maneuver training I've adapted to scootering was learned as a cyclist in NYC for four decades, a tiny sliver of that time as a messenger, hanging out with riders who had a decided fighter-jock attitude. I've had exactly one near-death experience where making the correct maneuver at the right moment literally saved my ass, largely on account of remembering an article on countersteering I'd read years before in Motorcyclist magazine...which fascinated me so much that I reread it possibly a dozen times in fairly short order. But there are so many other things I learned from cycling that have kept me out of harm's way to begin with, including cultivating peripheral vision, watching for the slightest irregular movement, frequent mirror checks (I was probably one for the first cyclists I knew to use a helmet- or eyeglass-mounted mirror, so it's an engrained habit to this day), and maintaining a proper distance.

To wit, you can never be too careful.
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I have been going on about that book for many, many years. It should be on the coffee table (for frequent reading) in every rider's house.
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Great thread. As much as some skills are activity-specific, it's interesting what carries over. This made me think about my time as a private pilot years ago. One of the important things learned is staying calm and being methodical in your reaction to unexpected events. It's certainly not unique to flying, but certainly one of those situations when timely and appropriate actions can be critical.

Time to get back to that book. I've skimmed most of it, but it's always worth a re-read. Nerd emoticon
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Emergency Reactions Follow Habits, can be seen when driving on the 'other' side of the road in a foreign country. I've done this in the U.S where I drove up the wrong way in a corner, luckily to no avail. In Victoria, 20% of crashes on the Great Ocean Road are caused by international drivers. Even for the most careful driver/rider in that split second emergency decision when habits kick in, but you are meant to be on the 'other' side of the road, the consequences can be fatal.
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In every situation one must run through the "exit" procedure in one's head.

What if the guy ?????
What if the car ???

Etc..

Also swap between car and scooter. Scooter only needs about 18 inches of space so decision is different than driving a car.
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