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post #1 of 13 Old 07-07-2016, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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As motorcyclists, we’re all too familiar with car drivers merging into our lanes, seemingly blind to the fact we’re occupying the lane they are trying to merge into. But what’s proper etiquette when a two-lane road turns into one? Which order should vehicles in a double-file line let each other into a single-file line? Whatever your answer, it’s probably not what this woman was thinking as she comes from behind this motorcyclist and co-occupies the lane he’s in. He then gets upset, honks the horn a few times, gives the driver a quick lesson in merging, calls her a choice expletive then rides on.

Normally that’s where a story like this would end. Instead, he spots a police officer up ahead, flags him down, and sticks him on the car driver.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-07-2016, 12:24 PM
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Not that the car was doing the safest thing, but the rider left a large opening in front of him and the truck. She took the option of taking it at the last moment. He escalated the situation by speeding up to stay along side of her. A stupid and dangerous move even if it was legal.
I wonder what the officer said after viewing the video? Aggressive driving on both parts?
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There was already a thread on this a week or so ago.

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The rider was 100% wrong.

The rider has ONE job. To keep himself safe. Nothing else really matters, certainly not his feelings or ego. The driver was a pig. The rider was stupid.
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IMHO, the rider was wrapped a little too tight. We as riders are confronted with drivers like this on a regular basis. If I got that pissed off every time, I would be mad on every ride. I hate those types of merges. Most drivers are clueless as to the proper road etiquette and how to navigate these merges. If that driver was a man with an abundance of testosterone, and maybe even a weapon, things might have escalated to a dangerous level. I would have sped up, honked, passed her and moved on.
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The rider was 100% wrong.

The rider has ONE job. To keep himself safe. Nothing else really matters, certainly not his feelings or ego. The driver was a pig. The rider was stupid.

I agree, the rider also thought his complaint gave him the right to speed with a police escort
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The most I ever do in a situation like that is lay on my horn for a good long blast to let them know what they did was unacceptable and to drive home the point.

Anything beyond that I think is dangerous and counter productive.
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What would I have done?

I would have touched the brakes lightly to give room for the car to merge. End of story.

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What would I have done?

I would have touched the brakes lightly to give room for the car to merge. End of story.

Don't be a jerk and arrive alive.

Agreed. Don't give others the opportunity to control my emotions. Let the jerks go ahead of me; I don't want them on my tail.

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