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post #1 of 17 Old 07-23-2006, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Be Careful Out There

I'm still green enough that I tend to watch what's going on around me pretty closely. I missed one this morning though.

Stopped at a stop light on a long, straight road. No traffic to speak of. I checked the mirrors and the only thing in sight was a mini-van stopped at the next light back. Couple of seconds later I hear brakes locked up well behind me, or so I thought. Next thing I see is this damn mini-van sliding along the shoulder beside me. This dim-wit soccer mom with a mini-van full of kids wasn't stopped at the red light behind me, she ran the red light behind me and damn near ran the one I was stopped at, right over the top of me! Her brakes locked up sounded like they were well behind me because the sound was muffled by my helmet.

Red bike, red helmet, red jacket, red brake light blazing, and this twit paying more attention to the kids in the van than her driving. Be careful out there, it's a jungle and this one just about got me.

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Glad she finally saw you Scott. We have had enough injuries on here lately.

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Me to, Robert. I don't think this would have been an injury though, I'm pretty sure it would have been a fatality, or if I was real luck just a serious injury.

The speed limit on that road is 45. Nobody goes that slow, not even the police. It was about 7:30am on a Sunday and there was virtually no traffic. When I heard her brakes lock up I honestly thought it was a couple of blocks away. I glanced in my left mirror, didn't see anything, and then she came sliding by me on the right side. Slid all the way past me, through the intersection, and kept on going like it never happened. I just sat there in the middle of the road for a minute (like an idiot!) trying to figure out what had just happened. By the time I did she was long gone somewhere.

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That is the thing that "scares" me the most is some idiot not paying attention. I followed a lady up I-40 the other day and she spent more time looking in the back seat at her kids and playing with her cell phone than she did driving. She was well under the posted and then gave me dirty looks when I passed her on the right side.

Again, glad you were not a fatality. Thinking about it, we had a bike get hit from the rear at a red light locally and killed the rider. The little teen ager was on the phone talking and never even hit her brakes till after she was through the intersection.

I am getting a pair of flashing LEDs for the rear of my bike, SOON!!! :shock:

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Again, glad you were not a fatality. Thinking about it, we had a bike get hit from the rear at a red light locally and killed the rider. The little teen ager was on the phone talking and never even hit her brakes till after she was through the intersection.

I am getting a pair of flashing LEDs for the rear of my bike, SOON!!! :shock:
Yeah, the more I think about it the more it scares me. I guess all we can do is keep our eyes opening and moving around. Lesson for today: Just because it looks like someone is stopped at a light doesn't necessarily mean they are!

FWIW I do have a brake light modulator on my bike and typically will release and pull the brakes at lights just so they will flash. Don't know if I did this morning or not though, but she sure didn't see it. I doubt that she would have seen a strobe light, her mind was not on her driving.

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We are invisible to cages- this is how you MUST ride! You could have flashing neon signs on the back of your bike and it's not enough to keep an idiot from plowing into you! Keep your eyes on those mirrors at stops- at least until a couple of cars are stopped behind you- and leave plenty of space between you and the car you're behind...

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I read somewhere that the Florida motocops when stopped at a light leave their bikes in gear with an escape route just in case someone fails to stop, makes sense.
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I read somewhere that the Florida motocops when stopped at a light leave their bikes in gear with an escape route just in case someone fails to stop, makes sense.
The smart ones probably do. . . :roll:

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I'm still green enough that I tend to watch what's going on around me pretty closely. I missed one this morning though.

Stopped at a stop light on a long, straight road. No traffic to speak of. I checked the mirrors and the only thing in sight was a mini-van stopped at the next light back. Couple of seconds later I hear brakes locked up well behind me, or so I thought. Next thing I see is this damn mini-van sliding along the shoulder beside me. This dim-wit soccer mom with a mini-van full of kids wasn't stopped at the red light behind me, she ran the red light behind me and damn near ran the one I was stopped at, right over the top of me! Her brakes locked up sounded like they were well behind me because the sound was muffled by my helmet.

Red bike, red helmet, red jacket, red brake light blazing, and this twit paying more attention to the kids in the van than her driving. Be careful out there, it's a jungle and this one just about got me.
So many boneheads out there driving cars and trucks. Good to see you weren't hurt. ATGATT is about all that would have helped you if she hit you. If you ride defensively these incidents are few over a lifetime of riding. At least they have been for me. And they make me even more defensive as time goes on. However, being in a motorcycle accident has taught me the greatest lessons on driving defensively. But you don't need to go that route.

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Not bike but brain-dead driving. A couple of years ago the Fire and Rescue Depts I am in all got paged at the same time one morning. Every rescue bum and fireman for miles going to the same wreck! Turns out a woman taking her daughter to band practice, with two little brothers in the back seat, crossed the centerline and nailed a pickup truck going the other way. All in the car killed, wiping out an entire family except the father (not in the car), no serious injuries in the truck though. Having seen it I would bet anything the driver was distracted trying to break up a fight in the back seat. The hit was so hard the engine block of the truck was fractured.

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