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Old 12-20-04, 05:58 PM
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A tandem tractor was making a left hand turn out of a driveway and failed to stop. I saw him coming and knew he was trying to make a wide turn. So I waited about 20 ft back. He was so wide, he couldn't make the turn and began to squeeze me over to the right. A jeep was parked next to where I was waiting.

Gads, I couldn't go backwards forwards left or rights. Had to put the bike on my shoulder and walk off the rode so the guy could get through! He knew he was squeezing me out but appeared helpless but to move forward.

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Old 12-20-04, 07:42 PM
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I can't understand the situation. I presume you were travelling near the right edge of the road. Was the tractor turning left from your side to the opposite side, or turning left from the opposite side onto your side?

If he was turning left from your side to the opposite side, I can't understand where you would be to be squeezed by him.

On the other hand, if he's turning left from the other side, and you're 20 feet back, it seems like he's turning away from you and again I don't understand where you would be to be squeezed by him.

Finally, I don't understand what you mean by "he couldn't make the turn and began to squeeze". When he "couldn't make the turn", did he have to stop and backup? If not, then how was he unable to make the turn?
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Old 12-20-04, 09:40 PM
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He couldn't back up, and if he went forward the tandem would have hit me or whatever was in the way.
There was about 2' between him and me and I picked up the bike an walked forward to get out of his way.
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Old 12-20-04, 10:07 PM
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Sounds to me as though you kept your cool, looked for a few options and took the best one.

Sometimes those guys need to be cut a bit of slack, and if you are more mobile in those circumstances, it seems logical. Providing there was no ill-feeling on either side, you've probably done quite a bit to build a bit of respect with a heavy vehicle driver. But then, maybe not <shrug>.
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Old 12-21-04, 12:38 AM
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My concern was
A. He would have T-boned me if I hadn't seen him rounding the corner of the factory lot.

B. If he hadn't been conciencious, I wouldn't have been able to get out of his way and he probably wouldn't have known he hit me!
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Old 12-21-04, 01:37 AM
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There are a few might-have scenarios there. Honestly, I'd stop sweating it. Put it into the appropriate hard-disk directory for ready access if a similar situation ever happens again. It's all part of that most important thing -- experience.

By the way, you might think what the driver might be saying on the list he subscribes to. "Nice lady. I thought she was going to make it hard for me, but she got out of the way." Maybe.
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