January 2011

‘T Bone costs more…’

Well, a very happy new year to you all…hope Xmas was good and you didn’t pile on a lot of weight…

Another bout of snow and another bout of chaos came to the roads of Berkshire/Bucks and Oxfordshire with Oxford getting the brunt of it. Your two wheeled Rats had to swap the bikes for 4×4’s and armed with shovels and heat blankets went to the aid of many a stranded motorist, needless to say we were stretched to capacity and battled throughout it all but got there in the end. It was sad to speak to so many stranded motorists that had chosen to drive through the snow for a journey that was not essential, with severe weather like that the journey needs to be pretty important to take a calculated risk like that…unfortunately for many they got thier sums woefully wrong.

Met a very lucky young lad on a CBR125 this week who was happily minding his own business on a road in Bracknell when an emerging BMW didn’t see him, the impact was so hard the the bike was shunted across the road and into the opposite wooden fence hard enough to break the fence and hard enough for the bike not to touch the floor and for the rider to be thrown over 12ft in the air. Fortunately broken bones and nothing serious on this occasion but to look at the damage you would’ve thought different.

I always remember the old TV ad: ‘Think once, think twice…THINK BIKE’ and if that had been adopted on this occasion by the car driver I would imagine the rider would have escaped unscathed.

I see it time and time again from some riders approaching junctions, a car approaches and there is no covering of the brakes, no slowing just a thought process of ‘well I can see them, they can see me’.

Just because a car driver is looking at you it doesn’t mean they’ve actually SEEN you…there are tell tales sign of this. Usually it’s the driver repeatedly looking left and right and the biggest give away is the wheels. If they are turning or moving gradually that’s a good indication of the car about to move off -so prepare to stop. Being able to stop on your side of the road in the distance you can see to be clear is common sense and is there for a reason…it gets you out of a lot of bother!

Above all treat every single other motorist as a danger and potential threat and you will give yourself ‘time to react’ and ultimately a lifeline in the eventuality of something not going your way (or is that going your way?)

I have a SEG (Special Escort Group) run next week which is basically an escort duty with an SEG team of 5.It’s hard work and precision, keeping a cool head and thinking well in advance is the name of the day, the dry run has already been done. This involves riding the route and identifying potential problems on the route such as bottlenecks, roadworks and if it’s even bin collecting day! Our role is to get the VIP from A to B in a smooth and precise manner…it’s hard work but the teamwork is great.

For those of you still braving it out there on two wheels , please stay safe and keep warm.