...With everybody on cells and worse texting the greatest threat is no longer in front but from behind. Currently mc deaths from rear ends is top o list, many/most at stop lites. These self absorbed missile pilots.. er, ballast are running into the back of fully lit up fire trux, ambulance and squad cars.
...Got yors? Ponchout
Roger that, Ponch, every word. My last two cage wrecks were sitting still, slammed from behind. Both times in full size American pickup trucks. Once sitting still behind a school bus (hard 2 see them busses, y'know. Moron's [email protected]
lucky he hit me and not some school kid.) The other time I was third in line sitting at a stop light and a full grown man in a suit slammed into me. Said he was putting his seat belt on. When I regained consciousness I suggested he do that in the parking lot.
I can second that rear-end motion. Someone once gave me a piece of advice that made sense so I do it, when I come to a stop, I get the bike towards the right side of the road angled away. In the lane enough to discourage people sliding up next to me, but in such a way that if someone comes barreling up behind me I can get outta there. (or they have room to go around if they see me at the last second). I don't always angle it or anything like that, usually I line up with the right tire of the car or even the right mirror.
It paid off once for me. I was sitting at a stop light, all the sudden I hear SCREEEECH and look to my left and BAM, a black SUV rear ends the car in front of me. (I had managed to get out of the way, I was in neutral, I must have kicked it foward with my legs lol.) Teenage girl with a look of terror on her face and a cellphone in her right hand. She finished her text, put her phone in her pocket, then got it back out again, sent another text, then got out of her car. She was texting the whole time, even while giving her report to the cops.
It's an addiction for some people, and it's gonna get people killed.
people killed, that is.
That's a good idea and I'll start doing it. There's a place where I turn left off a 2-way highway on my way home, and people in cages have been killed there by rear-enders. If I've got traffic behind me I signal right, pull off onto the right shoulder, stop and wait, then make my move when it's clear. If they miss the signal there's a good chance they'll be too asleep to follow me onto the right shoulder, too.
All that said, I feel better in the red. Might not make a difference every time - hell, won't
make a difference every time - but if one dimwit sees me all loud colored out there it's worth it all.