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Rockin Roddy's Cachestalkers Geocoin Todie's Wild Ride: Go High-Viz!!!

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Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Michigan, United States
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This coin was won by me in a cointest and its mission is to raise awareness of motorcycles on the road.

This coin and its mission are in memory of Tod Philips of Manitou Beach, MI. Todie was only 49 years old when his life was taken as a result of a motorcycle accident. He is missed by all, and especially by his best friend Rod. Rod's efforts to spread the awareness of motorcycles on the roads in Tod's memory is what has sparked this and many other coins to be sent out into the world.

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Cachestalker Coin

Why Go High-Viz?

Ask any rider, and they will probably tell you their biggest safety concern is being cut off, run over, or otherwise violated by another driver in traffic. It’s a constant, serious threat.
However, as a rider, you can take control of the situation by making yourself as highly visible (conspicuous) as possible. Doing so will reduce the number of surprises you face every day and help you avoid getting blindsided by someone else’s last-minute decision.

10 High-Viz tips :

1. Fluorescent/Reflective Safety Vest
The most effective tool that a rider can use to increase visibility is a simple, reflective safety vest. The fluorescent color and retroreflective taping are hard to miss, both day and night. If you're serious about standing out in traffic, a vest will net you the most visibility with the least amount of effort.

2. White Helmet
Another solid tool for making yourself visible to others is to wear a white helmet. A recent study in New Zealand found that riders who wore a white helmet were 24 percent less likely to be involved in a multi-vehicle crash than riders who wore a black helmet.

3. Brightly Colored Jacket
For a rider's protection and visibility, a good jacket in a bright color such as red, orange, green, or yellow is a very smart choice. A fluorescent color is even better, and if it has reflective material, you’ll be much, much easier to see in traffic both day and night.

4. Strategic Lane Positioning
If you choose not to wear brightly colored riding gear, or if you already do wear the gear and are looking for more ways to stand out in traffic, careful positioning in traffic will do as much for your visibility as a high-viz jacket.
Motorcycles can disappear in traffic because they’re smaller and harder to spot among other, larger vehicles. Whether you wear brightly colored gear or not, smart positioning is critical in making your presence known to other drivers. Understanding blind spots, commercial vehicles, following distance, positioning for intersections, and positioning for merge areas are the keys to proper positioning.

5. Headlight Modulation
An easy motorcycle modification to boost your frontal visibility—the area from 11:00 to 1:00 where most of your accident hazards come from—is to add a headlight modulator to your bike. A headlight modulator "pulses" the headlight’s intensity during the daytime, rapidly alternating between high and low to draw attention to the motorcycle.

6. Flash Your Taillight
An easy way to make yourself more visible to traffic from the rear is to flash your taillight. Instead of just braking to slow or to stop, squeeze the brake lever several times to alert other drivers before you begin to slow. This will raise awareness of both your presence and your intentions and allow other drivers time to adjust.

7. Reflective Materials
Here is a great tip anyone who rides after dark: a cheap, easy, and fun way to dramatically increase your visibility is to use reflective materials on your helmet and/or bike to stand out at night. You can buy pre-designed kits with skulls, flames, or other designs, or you can create your own custom set for your helmet or bike.

8. Movement
A moving object is more likely to draw another driver’s attention than a stationary one. But when you’re riding towards or away from another driver, because you stay in the same general place in their field of vision, you may eventually "disappear" from view, even though you are in plain sight.

9. Auxiliary Driving Lights
Most riders add auxiliary driving lights or fog lights to their motorcycle to help them see the road and shoulders at night or in bad weather. But a terrific fringe benefit is that auxiliary lights can make you more noticeable to other drivers. The relatively unique triangular light setup is very rare (except near railroad tracks!) and may help get you noticed.

10. Hand Signals
One simple, cheap way to make yourself more visible to other drivers is to use hand signals in addition to your bike’s turn signals. Because traditional hand signals are so rare in traffic, they tend to get noticed by other drivers.

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Tracking History (15097.7mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 07/26/2012 Lphillipscdv retrieved it from Brightwater Washington   Visit Log

Retrieved the coin and will drop it somewhere else.

Discovered It 07/23/2012 RC64 discovered it   Visit Log


Dropped Off 07/15/2012 sm638 placed it in Brightwater Washington - 4,949.92 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 07/14/2012 sm638 retrieved it from Go Speedracer Go! Washington   Visit Log

Sorry to hear about Todie. Good info for all to have. Will move along soon.

Dropped Off 07/10/2012 vanbee placed it in Go Speedracer Go! Washington - 22.8 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 07/08/2012 vanbee retrieved it from Great Views Washington   Visit Log

Cool coin! Will move it along.

Dropped Off 04/17/2012 WellJointed placed it in Great Views Washington - 18.47 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 04/11/2012 WellJointed retrieved it from High Country - Castle house Washington   Visit Log

What a wonderful coin! I will move it along and thanks for sending it out.

Dropped Off 04/08/2012 Patuxent placed it in High Country - Castle house Washington - 8.13 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 04/02/2012 Patuxent retrieved it from Is it really ... a bridge? Washington   Visit Log

Good message. Time to travel and spread the word.

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