Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
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Originally Posted by carbonlife
Good God, they're all driving on the wrong side of the road!
It's a miracle anyone survived.
I didn't find the videos all that useful. Good drivers learn through experience
to do all this processing. For the mediocre to bad drivers, there is no hope for them (and their victims) if experience
doesn't teach them to do this. I think training can help a little, but not much. Some people just have better natural abilities than others in this type of mental exercise.
The problem I have about learning through experience is that public roads, with real hazards and real consequences, are not the place to learn through experience, or through trial and error. Keep making mistakes in the real world, and eventually you're going to break something or get someone killed.
This is all teach-able stuff. I've said to myself that if I could go back in time and teach the "teenage me" what I know now, I would.
Originally Posted by Tude
? Not sure as to what I'm seeing or should be seeing?
You should be seeing all the potential
hazards, from speculating why the car in front at the parking lot hasn't pulled out yet to checking if anyone's leaving from the recycling bins, etc. Even the early comment about automatic transmissions has some validity in that that car's brake lights don't necessarily mean that it's stopped cold. Similarly, I try to not use engine braking in my manual-equipped car if someone's behind me, because it's easier for them to react to my brake lights coming on than it is to decipher whether or not my car is gradually slowing down.
I'l bet that we all know people who wouldn't think of half of the features & hazards that are mentioned in the commentary, though.