Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Question on crash avoidance strategies
I have found many disparate comments about strategies to avoid collisions, how to ride safely, be constantly aware, etc. But I have not seen much about what to do if/when you find yourself in situation where it appears a crash is imminent or very likely. For example, we all talk about approaching an intersection where a car is stopped on the right side and ready to make a left turn. As we approach we ask ourselves does the driver sees us, is the driver doing anything to indicate they don't see us, etc. So, we are "prepared" in case the driver does pull out. But, what then? I realize that, just like if this happen when driving a car, there's not much anyone can do if you are too close. But, there's that fine line between too close and being just far enough away to stop quickly enough to avoid hitting the car. I don't see a lot of discussion about techniques and strategies that may save you if you are in that "zone". (Maybe they discuss this a lot in the basic MFS course? ...which I haven't taken per my previous thread.) Or, maybe there are few good options? It just seems like this topic is concerned with the perhaps the most critical skills a rider needs to survive such a situation. I've thought about it a lot but haven't read much on it. Any comments, advice, experiences are welcome.