Eyes are the windows to your brain. They control what you see and how you react. You have probably
heard of target fixation or conversely “to look where you want to go”. The first is a must not and the
second is an absolute must.
Eyes may not naturally know to look where you want to go i.e. “look at that squirrel”. You do need to
train your eyes to identify where you want to go. Looking far enough ahead is a learned skill. The faster
you go the more you need to prepare for the circumstance around you. Training your eyes how far to
scan head is very important to your safety. Looking at your front fender or hood ornament will not give
you enough time to react in an emergency.
SIPDE is an acronym that:
- Scans far enough ahead
- Predicts traffic patterns
- Identifies risks (potential for a car to pull out or turn left in front of you)
- Decide an evasive maneuver if required
- Execute the action to avoid a collision
Everything to do with SIPDE relies on your eyes. It is being proactive rather than reactive. If you actively
train your eyes you will eliminate most surprises and be a much safer rider.