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post #1 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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Had a bit of a close call this morning

I was coming down the off ramp on my way to work this morning...in the dark...and there was a truck that had slowed traffic to almost a stop. I noticed lights in my mirrors, and they were getting bigger, fast. I kept my eye on them and sure enough, they weren't going to get stopped. I hit the gas and moved up beside the car in front to see the one coming from behind slow to the other side of the same car. As it turned out, there was enough room for it to get to the side, even if I hadn't moved, but that isn't always the case.

The reason I say this is because it wasn't long ago there was a thread about the cop running over a bike from behind. Someone made the comment about the bike should have seen him coming, and others said that was unreasonable. I didn't say anything then, but from the time I started to drive, I was taught to be aware of everything around you, even behind. I may spend more time looking behind me than I need, but when I am on the bike, I make damn sure I know what is going on in front, beside and even behind me. I also make sure I have an escape route.

It doesn't matter if it isn't your fault, your still dead...do what you can to avoid it.

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 08:53 AM
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Thumbs up Good reminder

Good for you, being vigilant and elusive.

We all try to take the precautions you describe,
and sometimes we get reasons to remember the times we neglect them.

When you need to flee to a place of safety, pick a narrow spot,
so that the car-which-cannot-stop does not pick the same place.
You certainly made the proper choice this time. Well done all the way.

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post #3 of 6 Old 10-02-2013, 09:41 AM
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I suppose it's always best to position yourself so that you can go between the vehicles in front of you in case some one come up from behind. Then you hopefully have a place to go. This is important in a no lane split state. Here it's fair game to find some cover at a stop...unless you are all by yourself up front!
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There's a time and place for everything.

Stalled traffic on an offramp is a prime watch-your-six situation.

Obviously, you did the right thing, or else you might not have been able to tell us.

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I noticed lights in my mirrors, and they were getting bigger, fast. I kept my eye on them and sure enough, they weren't going to get stopped. I hit the gas and moved up beside the car in front
Smart. Always have an escape route in mind when moving or stationary.

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only thing i would add to that is to be aware that the easiest escape route is also going to be one the car uses as well - and depending on the circumstances two vehicles may not been able to occupy the same space.

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