Call it what you want, SMIDSY or TPP, it works to get you noticed.
At the Risk and Performance Management Symposium in Whistler 2007 there was lots of talk about how to make a riders’ Motorcycle Conspicuous, and that we all need to wear reflective clothing and florescent green or orange vests with large "L's" and "N's" on our backs.
During my turn, I suggested that conspicuous can come in other forms and suggested creating attention to the rider by a sort of “Theatrical Precision Performance” (T.P.P.)
T.P.P. (or SMIDSY) is where an experienced rider can quickly counter-steer slightly to weave the headlight of the motorcycle momentarily to attract attention while approaching hazards such as:
- left turning vehicles,
- when approaching slower vehicles in the passing lane,
- at a good distance before a car turning out from a side street,
- vehicle approaching from the other direction, etc.
Using this T.P.P. procedure creates an attraction similar to a modulator and makes the motorcycle conspicuous. The road width of the road surface used in a TPP manoeuvre is very small (about 12 inches) and it is not necessary to swerve all over the lane in order for it to be effective.
Interestingly enough, Elaine M Hardy, (PHD) who works with F.E.M.A. was also at the Whistler Symposium and they put this video together using their own lingo for the manoeuvre.
It is also advisable not to perform this manoeuvre within safe breaking distance of the hazard. Although I would advise that counter-steering methods can be used "at the point or likely impact" of the potential hazard in order to create more distance between yourself and the hazard as you pass, in case of a sudden movement of the vehicle which would decrease impact distance.
I have posted it here for your viewing perusal...