I followed a rider today, and he got me thinking about head-checks. A head-check is to confirm! that there is nothing beside you, just before you lane change (for instance). You should already be fully aware of what's around you, and the head-check is just a confirmation that things are the way you expected. ( and...so that you don't get caught out by any last minute changes in traffic conditions) It's not intended (for instance), to see what's going on behind you - that's why God gave us mirrors, and you should have them adjusted to give you full views of what's happening from your shoulders Back, via your preripheral vision. The fellow I followed was either strung out on speed (the drug), or just flat out did'nt have any inherent situational awareness and had to constantly look around himself. Dangerous!...because while he was doing that, he twice nearly got caught out by what he missed right in front of him. It appeared nervous, and very skittish - not a good way to ride, since his control actions were worsened by his general lack of roadcraft, and made worse again by his constantly swivelling head. Keep your riding scans going, but you need to be able to do that, and see all around you, without sacrificing one view for the other in terms of safety. John.