How to improve peripheral vision
section on how to improve peripheral vision is about the everyday exercise that
a rider could do without motorcycle. It's about seeing without staring or
fixating and gathering information that easy to overlook. This is most vital to
every rider and it should not be thought of as physical skill but awareness that could be strengthened.
What is peripheral vision
This is the part of
vision that occurs outside you main focus. The centre of the focus will be
anything between 10 to 20 degree but your vision does not end there. The
boundaries of the far peripheral vision would be in the range of 100-110 degree
each side i.e. a view of more than 180 degree without turning your head.
The science behind it
Just in recent years
scientists started to recognise that the ability of peripheral vision is
related our emotions, balance or movement control. It follows that someone
whose peripheral filed is large will generally feel more comfortable and
relaxed than someone distressed. It is
therefore vital for any rider (if not for everyone) to take few steps to
Good news is that it
can be worked on to improve. You simply start with testing your peripheral
vision and as you do you will continue to strengthen it.
At home, siting comfortably,
fixed your eyes on a target in front of you. Then try to gradually see
what's above you without moving your eyes up. Then do the same for right
and left and below. This will help you expand your peripheral field. This
technique is used when following another rider. Look ahead of his/her
bike, yet maintain their position in your peripheral vision. What you
don’t want to be doing is staring at the bike in front of you.
- When walking outside, keep
your head straight and look ahead but count features as they pass
underfoot. This is important to riders as you monitor your current
position as well as you keep looking ahead.
- Sit in a place outside your
house, such as on a park bench. Stare straight ahead and don't move your
eyes. Concentrate on everything you can see without moving your eyes. When
you have finished, write a list of everything you saw. Then try again and
see if you can expand that list.
- Stare into crowd and maintain
a single focus in front of you. Then use your peripheral vision to detect
and movement outside your focus. This is important in situations where you
need to pay attention to many different possible problems as you ride in
towns (e.g. riding bicyclist, pedestrians, traffic lights, a turning car)
- When reading a magazine or a
book, close it quickly, pop it open at any page and then close it
immediately. Try to remember how much did you see. Keep doing it and try
to expand the amount of information you gathered within this short times.
This will become useful when scanning heavy traffic information, glancing
in the mirror or checking over your shoulder. Try to capture the whole
scene in the instant you view it.
Those above drills on how to improve your peripheral vision are only examples of what the exercise should be about. In short time they will prove to be extremely useful in training your awareness in everyday life and on the road.
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