Been riding for over 45 years. When I have a close call I only think of one thing when I pull over......bourbon......
Drivers just seem to be getting stupider these days. I have seen so many accidents this year it's not funny.Between close calls while riding and having responded to two fatal motorcycle accidents in the last two years as fire/rescue, I'm riding a lot less on my Indian and a lot more on our side by side. Death by a deer or a left turning 85 year old takes the fun out of riding.
Well I have no sight in my left eye due to a fall from a roof. Face planted a driveway from 20' up 9 yrs ago. Pretty much had to learn how to drive and ride all over again. Amazing how many things we take for granted, isn't it?What I really have to be careful of is my decreased peripheral vision in my right eye. I literally have to turn my head to make up for it. Having had two retina re-attachment surgeries in that eye made it that way for me. I have to wear prism lens eyeglasses to be able to ride or drive due to double vision cause by the surgeries.
ive been riding for years more close calls than i can remember. i hate 2 lane hiways just for that reason. here is what i do to help with the situation. i use my gps, i have my screen up most of the time when i see a car i look at the screen to see if there is an intersection or a drive in the area that such car could turn, if so i slow down. i know we shouldnt have to do this but have lost to many friends from this. if everyone used there turn signal it would help but they dont. your best defense to this is a strong offense 2 lane highway shouldnt be in a hurry should be out enjoying the ride so what if you drop down to 40 mph when you meet a car its better than being dead. everyone makes mistake driving i have i do but when we are on 2 wheels we are the only ones looking out for us. i am usually riding 2 up my beautiful girl friend knows why i do it and understands it i could never live with myself if i didnt look out for her alsoFolks:
I've been riding about 2.5 years now and had my first near accident yesterday. Country road, clear conditions, two lane road, 55 mph. A pickup truck coming from the other direction suddenly and without signal turned across my lane to go into a private driveway and I almost T-boned him.
It was absurd that he turned at that time. I don't know how I stopped in time without hitting him and without going down. I saw him staring at his cell phone as he completed the turn -- it was in his right hand that was on the steering wheel. The only explanation I have that he would make that turn is that he didn't see me (which is nuts -- I ride a Chieftain (fairly big bike) and always have all three of my front lights on) because he was glued to his phone.
I'm simultaneously angry, shaken, grateful, and more humble and aware.
I'm not saying anything you don't know, but the scary thing is there is nothing any of us can do to prevent idiots like this from driving like this; we just have to be vigilant. (Maybe there are small things I can do to improve visibility; my dad used to ride BMWs for years and wore florescent safety vests). I'm going for a ride this morning to try to prevent getting "afraid of the ball" to use an old little league baseball expression.
I love riding and need it as a release but something like this puts a whole lot of things into focus. I don't know what I expect any of you to write back...how do you shake off something like that? Does it make you consider giving up riding (which I don't want to do)? Would love you hear from some of you folks who have been riding awhile and have perspective on something like this...
Thank you. Ride safely.
That was just the FIRST sweep of your head."Today, we both agree, it is amazing how much detail a rider's brain can process in a matter of milliseconds. At an intersection - how many cars? Are they stopped? Can you see the lug nuts moving? Which way are the wheels pointing? Do you see the driver's eyes? Are those eyes looking at you? Are they focused? Is their a phone present? Is the road wet? Is there a bunch of gravel in the intersection? On, and on."
^^^That right there^^^ That's exactly the way you need to be thinking and looking when riding a MC. The more aware you are of your surroundings the better off you will be. Being aware of your surroundings will eventually be 2nd nature, or should be, kind of like muscle memory for the brain. For me, having been on two wheels on and off for 50ish years it's automatic, even when driving my truck. Be safe...
Then, there are the buzzards munching in the ditch.Reading about the deer made me think deer often travel in groups so when one crosses the road others may follow. Somewhere on this forum there is a safety thread. It would not hurt for all of us to read it and of course take a safety course.