Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Syracuse, NY
Bikes: 2010 Felt F5, 2010 Dawes SST-AL
Originally Posted by DX-MAN
The Wise Cyclist's Rule is:
If there is a rude, stupid, thoughtless act that a driver can do, they will do it to you. If they DON'T, you can only be pleasantly surprised.
I followed this rule when I was still driving, and went 20+ years without an accident.
I usually ride pretty defensively. It bugs my father in law (his attitude is that we have the right of way in any situation that a car in our lane & direction would and motorists should know & honor that)
My thought is that if some clown is backing out of their driveway, I wont assume that 1) they see me or 2) that they care enough to yield if there is a break in automobile traffic.
I'd rather slow down and be cautious that get smoked, even if it means yielding my right of way.
That said, this particular instance annoyed the crap out of me, the way that he hesitated for so long and then at the last second, just went for it.