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post #1 of 44 Old 09-15-2018, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Avoiding cagers turning left

Does anyone else besides me come in contact with these incompetent drivers.Lately, it has been happening way too often.

Riding the bike at or below the speed limit, and the car just stops short of turning left from a side road right in front of me. Defensive riders can see this as it is unfolding. The car driver looks left, and is then fixated on looking right. We were always taught to look left, right and then left again prior to turning left.

Apparently, this safety measure has been forgotten. I have come to the conclusion that you must assume the car driver will not look left a second time to judge his ability to safely turn left. Lately, I have been slowing down and beeping the horn to get their attention.

What do you do to escape T- boning the driver's side of their car?
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Just try to be attentive and watch for the bozo's.
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We have the same problem except, for us, it's cars turning right.
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That is what they make those SUPER LOUD HORNS for
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Recently did this and it seems to cut down on the incidents of left turners. Added bonus is that slower traffic pulls over more often.

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And this...
I have also been know to stand on the pegs for a couple seconds to make myself bigger.
These thing help, but always try to visualize an escape route, just in case!
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And this...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80zerE2lhko
I have also been know to stand on the pegs for a couple seconds to make myself bigger.
These thing help, but always try to visualize an escape route, just in case!
I've been using this technique for many years. It works.
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I have come to the conclusion that you must assume the car driver will not look left a second time to judge his ability to safely turn left.

What do you do to escape T- boning the driver's side of their car?
As a rider coach, my approach is to ask "what is the worst thing anyone sharing the road with me can do?"
Imagine that scenario and put yourself in a position where if that scenario does play out, you will be out of harm's way.
SMIDSY (mentioned above) is great, as is using your horn, but the moment you rely on those to be foolproof is when someone's going to ignore all of it and still create a conflict. It's the reality of riding. Be prepared for everything and you will never (or at least very rarely) be surprised.
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I usually get ready to slow down, cover my brakes and watch the leading wheel of the vehicle. I don't bother looking at the person driving the said vehicle since many times they've looked right at me and pulled out anyway. If that front wheel moves I start flashing my high beams and hitting the brakes.

"Ride like everyone is out to kill you" is a good way of looking at riding a motorcycle...
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I don't flash my lights for fear that the driver will think its a signal for them to proceed.
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