The Effect of Sight Distance Training on Motorcycle Skills

While motorcyclist fatalities continue to increase, the cause is unclear. Motorcycle safety advocates often argue that motorcycle training is the best countermeasure to reduce motorcycle crashes. However, the limited research on the effectiveness of training suggests that the benefits of training last approximately 6 months. Team Oregon, who conducts motorcycle training, proposes that overriding sight distance (when total stopping distance exceeds sight distance) is a possible cause of riders running off the road. In addition, overriding sight distance makes it difficult to detect and respond to road hazards with enough time to avoid collisions. Team Oregon and Dynamic Research collected preliminary data on experienced motorcycle riders using an eye tracker. After collecting baseline data, riders received feedback on visual search strategies to increase their sight distance and were re-tested with the eye tracker. There were marked improvements in visual lead and accuracy after receiving feedback. NHTSA is conducting a study using eye tracker technology to assess differences in line-of-sight among motorcycle riders. This is a longitudinal study where participants will be tested at 6 month intervals over a year (baseline, 6 months, 12 months). The objectives of this study are to 1) determine whether providing line-of-sight distance training increases riders' line-of-sight, and 2) compare trained-novice riders, untrained-novice riders, and experienced riders on line-of-sight on a closed circuit course and an open circuit course over time.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See "The effect of sight distance training on the visual scanning of motorcycle riders: A preliminary look" (Report No. DOT HS 811 689).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $349754.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Cicchino, Jessica

  • Performing Organizations:

    Westat, Incorporated

    1650 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850
  • Start Date: 20080806
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130200
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Motorcycle Safety
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31017

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01465115
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:55PM