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Old 04-03-09, 12:18 PM   #1
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What model car/truck scares you?

Not so much an "anti-motorist" thread.... I'm starting this one to find out what vehicle sets off your radar... causes you to brake, give it room... in general, is the one that you've found to be the most dangerous and most unpredictable to your bike commute.

I'll start---The one that continually scares me is the Lexus SUV. It's not just the insulation a driver may feel from street. It might be the size, blind spots, age and type of driver... it seems like I've had more close calls or near swipes from Lexus SUVs than any other vehicle.

My commute is Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West LA. Everything from Prius to Hummers, from Mini to Navigators, from Smart to Lincoln Limos..... every day.
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Oddly enough, the Prius and the new VW Beetle. Drivers of both those vehicles around here seem to be unintentionally clueless to what's around them.
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The kind with a driver behind the wheel.

Kidding!

I just don't think about it and enjoy the ride and make sure to keep my eyes open for anyone acting stupid.
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Those box trucks with the metal elevator that's about the same height as my beak.
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I've never owned a car, and so my car IQ is about zero. The way I distinguish cars is like, red car, blue car, big car, little car, etc. They mostly all just looks like cars to me.
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Around here there is a resurgence of heavily modifying Japanese sedans for performance. They think that they are stunt drivers in some movie...


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I seem to have the most close calls with vans, don't treat them any differently though (apart from catching up and banging on the side of the van if they really bugged me).
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Unmarked white box trucks.
90s Chevy Astrovans.
Black Beemers.
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The Cadillac Escalade... There is a woman that lives somewhere near me that insists on driving her Escalade within inches of my handlebars every time it snows... I know it is the same one because she has a giant Mastercraft sticker covering the whole back window.... or BMW's when I am near the high schools, they don't have much sense and like to try and splash bikers on wet days....
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Any car or truck I can hear 3 blocks back. I know the best possible outcome is going to be a face full of Quaker State smoke...... the worst outcome???? Doh!!

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Man, that Frankenstein monster was a helluva mechanic.
He was good at fixing up scary monster trucks too!
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I find that the taxis I tangle with are very aggressive, but predictably so. I'll take that over the more oblivious motorists on the road.
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Ford Crown Victoria's, Chevy Caprice Classics, and most SUV's. The first two are often driven by people with decreased eyesight and slowed reflexes, the third usually is driven by someone with one hand on a cell phone.

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Old 04-03-09, 12:52 PM   #17
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Any motor vehicle with more than 4 tires on the ground and/or 100 decibels in the air.
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Old 04-03-09, 02:30 PM   #18
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I heard about a guy in England who did a study and found that white delivery vans gave cyclists the least room when passing. That sounds about right to me.

The ones that really scare me are:

1. Public buses

Most of the drivers here are great and I can usually tell that they are as concerned about what I might do as I am about what they might do, but driving the same loop all day long day after day can't be good for your attention span. Plus, a teenage boy on a bike was killed by a bus along my usual commute last year.

2. U-haul trucks

People who are used to small cars shouldn't be allowed to drive anything this big

3. Cars with tinted windows/windshields

Everybody worries about drivers on cell phones, but at least in that case I can look at the driver and get some idea what he/she is going to do. With tinted windows, I can't see the driver and I have know idea what they're going to do. I try to assume they haven't seen me, but that's frickin' scary.
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I wouldn't say I'm scared. I'm just very weary around them because of the incredibly erratic nature and recklessness of the drivers of the below vehicles:

1. Fresh Direct Delivery trucks: They're all over NYC. Driven by low paid crackheads that don't give a hoot about safety, checking their mirrors or parking in bike lanes.

2. Yellow school buses in Williamsburg: These guys think traffic laws and common sense don't apply to them.

3. Access-A-Ride vans: Even though they pick up handicapped and disabled people it seems like they are also driven by handicapped people-- in particular, the visually impaired.

4. Taxis: I had to include them just because they're crazy and would run over their own grandmother to get a fare.

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Man, that Frankenstein monster was a helluva mechanic.
That's Herman Munster by the way....and if I am remembering correctly, Grandpa Munster made the car.

Cement trucks, 18 wheelers, Ford SUVs (the other brands give me plenty of space, I think it is because they can sense my disdain for Fords that they are attracted to me like a magnet.....), dump trucks, trash trucks, anything in the vicinity of a Ferrari/Lamborghini (not those brands specifically, just the traffic around them since when not on my bike I'm a gear head as I become enamored and distracted by their presence), any vehicle driven by someone on* their cell phone, fire engines.

I think that is it.....

* - if you have the phone in your hand and you are looking at it or talking to it, I consider you on it.
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pickups pulling trailers that are wider than the truck
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busses, both city and school. They never seem to attempt to give any room at all and buzz right past me. The city busses will pull over and slam the brakes at their stops with 0 warning/telegraphing.
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My commute is Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West LA. Everything from Prius to Hummers, from Mini to Navigators, from Smart to Lincoln Limos..... every day.
thats a gauntlet in many ways

my siblings live on Laurel Ave a block off of Melrose, a couple of blocks away from Fairfax

i use the Amtrak and travel Salinas to Union Station
Union Station, typically Wilshire or lately Beverly
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