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Riding Complacent? Not Anymore.

Posted by George Tait | Mar 07, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rode up to Salt Lake City today to celebrate my grand daughter's 3rd birthday. Had a great time. On my way home on the Mountain View Corridor, I scared myself by being complacent while riding.

I was cookin' along at 65 mph, the posted speed limit with little traffic. I was thinking about what a great day it had been and enjoying the ride. The thing about this highway is that every couple of miles there is a traffic signal. Day dreaming as I was, one turned as I approached. I hit the front and rear brake at the same time. Did not do to much so I gave them more pressure or so I thought. The back tire started to slide. I wound up letting off the brakes and went to the throttle and made it through when I should have been able to stop. That was the scary part and now for my stupid part.

I have been riding so long that I think I know how to handle every situation and mostly I do. My problem today was complacency. I only had two fingers on the front brake lever as I tried to stop. I know better.

On the rest of the ride home I got back into the habit of four fingers on the front brake and I could once again stop very quickly from a high rate of speed if needed.

I was reluctant to let you all know how dumb I was but thought everyone, including myself, could use a reminder about getting too comfortable with our riding styles.

This incident ended well but I must have had luck on my side so that I could tell the story. I am also reviewing other aspects of how I ride. Sometimes, even for us that have been riding many years, it is good to take a hard look at what we are doing as We Ride.

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George Tait

Since 2004 George Tait has dedicated his practice to helping injured people and their families get fair and full compensation from the insurance companies. Before becoming an attorney George Tait was a Registered Nurse for over 15 years. The last years of his nursing career were in the Universit...

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