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Offline Jlewis50

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Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:39:07 pm »
 :'(
I almost became a causality this summer. Being alert and aware saved my skin.
I was headed home from a ride and was making a left turn. The left turn had a 2 lane turn off with cars filling it up. I was last in line on the left hand side, a car was to the right of me.
When I was waiting for the light, I was checking my surrounding and saw a Chevy truck coming up behind me pretty quickly. I was in gear and had the feeling he wasn't going to stop. I started looking for a way yo escape.
I was saved since I left space between me and the car directly ahead. I split the lane between the vehicle directly ahead of me and the one to its right. There was a small gap and I jumped to it.
The guy in the Chevy kept coming and smashed into the back of the vehicle I was just following. Hit them doing like 20mph with brakes locked up. If I hadn't moved I would have been a causality.
Couple of take aways:
1. Keep your bike in gear and stay alert.
2. Always have an escape route.
3. Don't be last in line if you can.
4. If in doubt err on the side of caution.

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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 11:43:55 pm »
+1 on #4

Glad you managed to avoid meeting that guy by accident.

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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 01:07:14 am »
+1 , I'm always stopped in gear ready to go at lights and watching everything , front , sides , and behind .
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 12:09:08 pm »
As a newish rider I really want to thank you for this post. I ride very defensively and try to be aware of the possible dangers in the different situations I find myself in. This is a good one to keep in mind when riding in heavy traffic. Thanks again for sharing!
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2014, 12:43:58 pm »
As a newish rider I really want to thank you for this post. I ride very defensively and try to be aware of the possible dangers in the different situations I find myself in. This is a good one to keep in mind when riding in heavy traffic. Thanks again for sharing!

A motorcyclist in this area died in a similar situation a couple years back - except he wasn't in the las spot - he was in front of the last vehicle, and didn't even see the truck speeding towards the back of the line...  The impact pushed vehicles 5 and 6 cars ahead of the last vehicle.

I'm sure details are un-necessary, but, at least partly because of this, I've always thought that being out back, where you can at least see them coming, isn't that bad a spot to be...

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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2014, 12:15:56 am »
When I am unavoidably in that situation, I do all those things, plus I turn on my yellow four-way flashers.  That gets their attention much more than the steady red brake lights.
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2014, 12:52:45 pm »
When I am unavoidably in that situation, I do all those things, plus I turn on my yellow four-way flashers.  That gets their attention much more than the steady red brake lights.

That is better than my method. I always use my blinkers in traffic and when other vehicles are in sight. Not so much as to obey the law, even though I do with the exception of velocity, but more to show others that I am there. Blinking lights draw more attention than solids.
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2014, 02:47:18 pm »
If I'm in a position where I don't have to use my brakes to hold the bike in place, I flash my brake lights (using my front brake lever). I have one of the LED "disco" lights that Murph used to sell and it seems to really attract attention.
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2014, 02:13:13 pm »
Hi,
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2014, 05:00:06 am »
+1 on the Hyperlites!
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Re: Don't be the last vehicle in a line of vehicles
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2014, 07:58:10 pm »
Yes for $35 that back off break light flasher is more than worth it...