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post #1 of 15 Old 06-26-2017, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Near miss

The other day I was driving some remote twisty roads. I had been riding for a couple of hours and had been passing a number of vehicles. People had been pulling over and giving me space to get by as I was going at a good clip. I was in a rhythm and each time I saw a car I was just itching to pass them. I eventually came upon an SUV pulling a pop up trailer that was driving very slowly. There were no cross streets or houses and the SUV began to brake almost to a stop (no turn signal). Thinking he was letting me get by, I zipped by him. Looking in my rear view mirror, I saw him turn left into a driveway right after I passed. My heart dropped realizing that I had just had a near miss. I was shaken up and pulled off the road to think about what had just happened (and berate myself for being so careless). I should have never passed that guy until I had a clear idea of what he was going to do and knew it was safe.
I try to be a careful rider but obviously not in this case. It really made me think and reconsider the aggressiveness of my riding. Be safe out there and learn from my mistake. Luckily, I am around to do the same.

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-26-2017, 08:46 AM
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Similar thing happened to me a few years ago in Utah. Completely rural, no homes, area and as I passed a slow truck and boat trailer he started to turn left into me.
You escaped injury and mayhem. Good on you. I ate it in the dirt when I ran off the road.
Gotta watch the bobo's in front and give yourself the extra few moments of aggravation sitting behind them and avoid being wiped out.
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-26-2017, 08:53 AM
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Good reminders. I was out quite a bit this weekend and found myself forgetting that nothing about your ride is more important than spotting danger and making the right decisions to avoid it. If that means you slow down and are patient, then you slow down and are patient.
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-26-2017, 09:46 AM
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Serious danger. I had a friend hurt that way, and my ex (whose hobby was crashing cars) really slammed a gal this way. I almost never pass with a bike and even get hyper focused on the Interstate sliding by anyone. Too many unsignaled or bizarre moves.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-26-2017, 10:40 AM
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Many years ago when I first started driving, my dad gave me some advice that was similar to a statement made in my MSF class, regarding the cars around you, imagine the stupidest thing that they could do and expect it, never trust a turn signal or the lack of one.
Glad you are ok, stay safe out there.

I recall that when I was in HS in rural Arkansas, an elderly country gentlemen, (literally, overalls and a JD hat), made an un-signaled left turn in front of passing car, resulting in a crash, thankfully no injuries. In the investigation, it was determined that he did not signal a left turn, but responded that he was turning into to his driveway, he had been living in that house for 45 years, everyone knew he lived there.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-26-2017, 11:20 AM
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Vase you got lucky this time, but you are ahead of the game because you recognized your mistake. Overtaking a veh that turns left has killed many motorcyclist usually because of the speed involved. This one always comes to mind since I had met the guy and even worked a photo shoot with him out at the airport with his Leer Jet, several hot models and a Harley: Bruce Rossmeyer, Daytona Harley dealer, killed in wreck

btadlock your Dad was a smart guy
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-01-2017, 04:44 PM
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girlfriend on the back one day riding in a semi rural area I crossed the double yellow center line because of a couple of bicycles in my lane. Then I see up ahead on my left mostly obscured by trees was a driveway with a vehicle about to enter the roadway in what was currently my path. Nothing happened and I was back on my side of the road quickly reminded how fast a nice day could have turned bad.

I think most of us learn from these near disasters.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-01-2017, 10:24 PM
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Slow moving lost drivers or those pulled of on the shoulder ring huge alarm bells for unexpected actions especially U-turns....

I get on my horn in a series of short beeps .....and look at the driver...

Good escape OP and a heads up for us all.

I'm gunshy of getting hit from behind and make sure I have an escape path against inattentive drivers coming from worst those mirrors.

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-01-2017, 11:30 PM
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come to Toronto if you want to see drivers changing lines without using turn signals. Out of 10 half of them do this. Police is after speeding. never seen them pulled over for this very danger behavior. another one - driving in heavy rain, snow or even fog without driving lights on. again - no police...
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-03-2017, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick123 View Post
come to Toronto if you want to see drivers changing lines without using turn signals. Out of 10 half of them do this. Police is after speeding. never seen them pulled over for this very danger behavior. another one - driving in heavy rain, snow or even fog without driving lights on. again - no police...
Try Boston. Left turns from the right lane and vice versa. They truly suck here. Zero consideration for anyone. Gotta have great peripheral vision to ride around here.


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