Reading the terrain is one of the most important fundamentals of dirtbike riding. The countless surface and angle changes in the terrain force you to pay close attention to all the details that lie ahead. If you want to ride motorcycles of any kind, you must become proficient at reading the terrain correctly and always scanning for hazards. In the dirt, those hazards may be sand, rocks, mud, ruts, dropoffs and so on, while on the street, the hazards could be sand, water, spilled oil, potholes, railroad tracks, cars, construction, pedestrians, pets and more. Better to first become an expert at scanning ahead in the dirt than to deal with more serious problems in the dirt.