Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NorthCentral Florida
Another learning experience
After a couple years of riding, we tend to get a little lackadaisical. Not completely careless, just more comfortable with the whole experience. You are told to always keep an eye on any traffic that could be a factor to your safety, and you still do, but after awhile that part becomes just quick glances. And you think you're doing everything right.
Just a few minutes ago, coming back from the local convenience store on a rural paved road, I was turning right onto another "T" intersection paved road. I looked to the rear in the mirrors while slowing down for the turn, but it was just a quick "glance", not a real look see to determine the speed of that car back there. Next thing I hear is the loud and long sound of screeching tires locked up back there before I had even begun the turn. No time to look back & take evasive action, so I immediately knew I was toast. But I got lucky. He got on his brakes in the nick of time.
Let this be a lesson to us all. Just because we see traffic that could be a factor to our safety, do we observe that traffic long enough to determine its speed? We do when we're not completely comfortable as a new rider or the situation, but there are times when we don't, and should. The driver of that car back there never slowed down and if I had just held my rear view look a split second longer, I would have known that and moved over. You remember, the ole escape route we hear so much about.
Keep your head on a swivel, and when you do, keep it there long enough to assess what you're seeing.
Edit: Another reason to perform basic safety checks on our bikes before every ride. I did after the incident and found turn signal and brake lights good, to my relief.
Last edited by redfish; 04-24-2016 at 04:16 PM.