New Simulator Study Reveal Advantage of Advance Motorcycle Training


July 02, 2011

There was a study carried out in the UK recently, the goal of which was to determine whether or not motorcycle riders with advanced training rode differently from novice or experienced riders with no advanced training.

The study was done at the University of Nottingham's Centre for Motorcycle Ergonomics & Rider Human Factors. The researchers used a motorcycle simulator to look at the attitudes, behaviors, and skills of motorcycle riders with different levels of experience and training. The rationale for the study was that motorcycles are badly over-represented in accident statistics. Current data, as of June 2010, revealed that motorcycles accounted for 21% of all the road fatalities in the UK but make up less than 4% of the total number of licensed vehicles on the roads.

The motorcycle simulator was made up of a Triumph Daytona 675 motorcycle that was mounted on a rig that was designed by the University. The rider then sat on the motorcycle in front of a large screen while different riding scenarios were projected onto the screen with the use of a simulation software program. The riders were tested for their ability to recognize hazards as well as what behavior they displayed when hazards were present. There were three different test groups that all rode the same simulated courses. The overall conclusion was that riders with more advanced training recognized and responded better to hazards, rode within the speed limits, and negotiated corners better.

There are definitely benefits to advanced training for motorcycle riders. Experience on the road can help riders develop their skills, but advanced training can increase a rider's perception and awareness. This made the riders safer and sharper in both urban and rural settings. When a motorcyclist can take more responsibility for himself and others on the road, then chances are the potential risk of accidents will go down. Motorcyclists who ride aggressively and use their skills only as a gauge as to how far they can push it will not be able to handle some hazardous situations as well as riders who have taken the time to attend more advanced training.

Ultimately, it is every rider and driver's responsibility while on the road to obey the laws and keep themselves and other's safe. If you or a loved one have been injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident, then you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney can investigate your accident to gather evidence that will help determine who was at fault as well as the type of compensation you can expect to receive.  Montlick & Associates has been fighting hard for the rights of bikers and helping them get the compensation they deserve since 1984.

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