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post #1 of 25 Old 08-29-2007, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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So Close today... Thought that was it for me

This morning's commute:

On a 3 lane road, I was doing the speed limit in the right lane. Some well-to-do woman in a red Honda accord coupe was obviously in a big a$$ hurry in the middle lane. Fixated on me, she sped up trying to pass me. She didn't see that the lane in front of her was already stopped. I did and began to roll off. She finally noticed almost too late and had stomped on the brakes. Unfortunately, her swerve was right into my lane. Panic brake. Engine killed. (need to work on that). Too much rear, back end starting to kick out…Compensate with front…Too scared to panic…Rear end going the other way…Compensate again…stopped. In time. Fear starting to kick in. Restart engine. Rolled up on the driver.

Her:
“OH MY GOD! ARE YOU OKAY!! I’M SO SORRY!”
Me:
“DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ALMOST KILLED ME!”
Her:
“I’M SO SORRY!”
Me:
“I HAVE A WIFE! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!”

I left. I was shaking so bad I had to pull over and lay down.

Paying attention to traffic flow was the only thing that saved me. Please ATTGATT, and ride safe.
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-29-2007, 01:13 PM
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Good save and a nice piece of riding to get it down to a stop w/o spilling. I tell new riders all the time....learn to stop, it's a whole lot important then learning to go fast. Especially when that last 5 feet is TRUCK!! I usually always have 2 fingers wrapped around the front brake and I know how and when to use it, and use it hard!

Keep your eyes wide open!!

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post #3 of 25 Old 08-29-2007, 01:31 PM
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I'm glad to hear you dodged that one.

A similar thing happened to me on the way home last night.

I was following a long line of traffic going about 60 mph down a long hill on a three lane highway, when I saw a minivan up ahead parked in the median for no apparent reason. I knew that two things were going to happen:

1. People were going to slow down thinking it's a cop.
2. People were going to slow down to gawk at nothing.

I rolled off the throttle in preparation of the slow down, but the group of cars in front of me were stopping faster than I was decelerating. I grabbed my front brake and checked my mirrors. A large black car was coming up fast! As I applied the brakes even harder, I moved onto the shoulder to get the hell out of the path of the black car and give him/her more room to slow down. As I watched the black car in my mirror I noticed that the driver had fixated on my move to the shoulder and was following me!!! I let off the brake and ended up next to the car in front of me. The black car stopped within inches from the corner of that car's bumper. If I had stopped on the shoulder, he/she would have run me over.

Be careful out there!

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post #4 of 25 Old 08-29-2007, 10:25 PM
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Nice riding control.............

But on a more important note, Jeff, can we get more of that avitar?

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post #5 of 25 Old 08-29-2007, 11:37 PM
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glad you kept it up. you'll get used to it. at least she was sorry.
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post #6 of 25 Old 08-29-2007, 11:46 PM
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Confused?

You may has sent some confusing messages, first you said you almost were killed in an angry way, then you told them you were married, so what is it did you want to live or not?:twisted:

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Glad you made it out okay.

I had a similar incident last spring.

Since then, I've gotten in the habit of tapping my brake when I slow down in traffic.
It gives them a little head's up, if they're paying any attention at all.

Keep it safe.

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post #8 of 25 Old 08-30-2007, 02:27 AM
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'Back Off' Tail light modulator. Remembers to warn following drivers when you forget It's not a silver bullet but it gives me a little piece of mind and I think it helps a little.




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post #9 of 25 Old 08-30-2007, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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I do employ flashing led stop lights in addition to the regular brake lights, probably saved me from a rear-ending.
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post #10 of 25 Old 09-02-2007, 07:38 PM
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You may has sent some confusing messages, first you said you almost were killed in an angry way, then you told them you were married, so what is it did you want to live or not?:twisted:

I thought he was just trying to tell her that he had a wife, and didn't need that driver to make him crazy!:rolleyes:
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