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My first contact with a car.

Old 07-09-07, 02:31 PM
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My first contact with a car.

I have been commuting for 2.5 weeks. I have had situations with stupid drivers where if I wasn't paying attention I would be roadkill. Today is the first time I have ever come in contact with a car. It was just bumper made contact with panniers, but still it was scary and could have been worse. I was arriving at school preparing to turn into the parking lot off of the two lane road. There are cars behind me. I signal my left turn and move gradually over to take more of the lane. The guy directly behind me seemed to think that my hand pointing left meant that he should go left around me. He zooms past me. I look in my mirror and the car now behind me is still in normal lane position and I am on the left side of the lane so I think that they are going to let me make my turn. Wrong! Right as I am turning, she tries to go around me. Luckily she hit the brake. Her bumper hit my pannier, not very hard. I yelled HEY! And a guy in the truck behind the lady who hit me yelled, Learn how to ride that bike! I continued on into the parking lot, my legs shaking, and the cars zoomed off. What scared me was that if she had knocked me over or run over me it seemed like the other motorists would not have stopped her from leaving the scene or helped me or anything. If I had been injured would the police believe my side of the story or the JAMs who don't know the rules?
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If I have to turn L in front of traffic, I signal, turn back to look at the driver/make eyecontact and forcefully move over. I do it quickly so there's no misunderstanding. If you take your time it's like hesitation, and hesitation invites disaster when bikes & cars interact, imho. Do whatever you need to do quickly so they have more reaction time. The longer you wait the less time the motorist has to react to whatever you do.
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I would think that it would depend on the cop for if they would believe you or the cager, in addition to how sincere and how many witnesses are willing to back each of you up.

Additionally, littlewaywelt is right in saying move over and take the lane with out hesitation. The majority of times I've almost been hit is when I seem to hesitate or take my sweet time. Not to say that occasionally people still won't try and blow past you, it's just less likely to happen if you assert yourself.
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