3. Use Your Mirrors

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At the track, they say to never look in your mirrors because what’s behind you doesn’t matter. Most trackday organizations even require mirrors to be taped over or removed entirely. On the street, however, it’s an entirely different ballgame. Situational awareness is key when you’re riding, and being aware of your surroundings – in front, behind, and on both sides – will help you ride at an appropriate pace for the conditions. You do this by looking at your mirrors. Being aware of escape paths on either side can help avoid an accident, and spotting a speeding motorist behind you, for example, will alert you to stay well out of his or her way as they come roaring past. Conveniently, being aware of your surroundings makes you a better car driver, too.