IT’S CALLED “TARGET FIXATION”
Anyone who’s taken a Rider’s Ed course has been told that your motorcycle will go directly where you’re looking. For example, when making a turn on your bike, you’re supposed to turn your head and look at where you want to end up.
The same applies to avoiding an obstacle. If there’s an obstacle in the road, don’t look at the obstacle; you’ll ride right into it. You’re supposed to look at your escape point. That is, where you want the bike to go.
Keeping your eyes on the obstacle, whether it’s an oil slick or debris or any other hindrance in the road, is called Target Fixation. Here’s an excellent article from Motorcyclist Online which not only explains the problem, but offers some help in avoiding it.
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