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Old September 8th, 2010, 07:06   #31
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Wow... The scary thing is you seem proud of this.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 07:13   #32
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I've got another one from this morning.

I'm cruising along in the far right lane of a four lane road.

Some old guy in a old gray/white Ford Tempo pops out of a lot or side road on the left and shoots all the way across to my lane in front of me. My wife says "look out!" and I had to slam on the brakes....to make it worse he promptly puts on his brakes and slows down.

We passed him and made our displeasure clear.

He didn't even need to be in that lane. He traveled along it for some time. So what was the big rush to get over there. Traffic wasn't even that heavy. Not to mention that that move wasn't legal.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 10:34   #33
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On my commute to work on the George Washington Parkway, there is a crosswalk for a bike/jogging path that crosses the Parkway. This particular crosswalk has stop signs facing the bike/jogging paths so the users of the path are supposed to yield to traffic careening down the Parkway (speed limit is an anemic 40 MPH, but drivers regularly do 60 MPH). I have seen accidents where a driver attempts to stop by slamming on their brakes on the Parkway to let cyclists or joggers cross, and the driver gets rear ended.

But this irks me. Cyclists and joggers routinely just dart out into the crosswalk without yielding to traffic (they have a stop sign). This happened to me this morning as I was about 40 feet from the crosswalk. I just did not bother to slow down (even though I saw the jogger just run into the crosswalk as he looked at me) and I acted as if I did not see him and just kept my speed constant. I came about 10 feet from smacking him as he crosses my path. He gets pissed off and flips me off. He has the stop sign!

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Old September 8th, 2010, 15:19   #34
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i got one. about a week ago i was getting ready to pass a semi. i was in the left lane on interstate 70 westbound in indiana (two lanes each direction) when 2 motorcycles flew up on my right. i sped up to close the gap on the semi (i was already within a car length) and the first bike shoots through. then after i was even with the semi the second drives in-between me and the the truck. if i had drifted toward the truck at all he would have been toast.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 15:58   #35
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i got one. about a week ago i was getting ready to pass a semi. i was in the left lane on interstate 70 westbound in indiana (two lanes each direction) when 2 motorcycles flew up on my right. i sped up to close the gap on the semi (i was already within a car length) and the first bike shoots through. then after i was even with the semi the second drives in-between me and the the truck. if i had drifted toward the truck at all he would have been toast.
It's called lane splitting and legal in a couple states.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 16:45   #36
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Some old guy in a old gray/white Ford Tempo pops out of a lot or side road on the left and shoots all the way across to my lane in front of me. My wife says "look out!" and I had to slam on the brakes....to make it worse he promptly puts on his brakes and slows down.

We passed him and made our displeasure clear.

He didn't even need to be in that lane. He traveled along it for some time. So what was the big rush to get over there. Traffic wasn't even that heavy. Not to mention that that move wasn't legal.
When I am on my motorcycle, I try to time things so that if there is another vehicle turning into my travel direction, that I don't arrive side-by-side with them, to avoid this very thing from happening. I have had people do violent corrections in response to a quick "I'm here" toot of the horn.

Contributions from the last couple of days. Last night, I'm riding with a buddy, approaching a traffic light (green), we're in the right lane of two lanes in this direction and there is traffic waiting at the light to turn right (into our direction). Front car in line starts going (and my friend saw this, and changed lanes to the left!) then the driver saw us and slammed on the brakes with the nose of the car halfway into our lane. Car driver behind him saw the front car start moving but didn't see the front car stop. Bang!

BOTH of those drivers were guilty of not paying attention ... not being adequately aware of their surroundings ...

Then today's event. City traffic in Toronto; moderately heavy but moving. Chevy Trailblazer up ahead was showing signs of impatience, then ducked left towards a side street ... failing to notice the teenage pedestrian who was in the process of walking across the street that the driver was about to turn onto! The pedestrian jumped out of the way and the dumb driver stopped at the last moment but it was VERY close to being a pedestrian hit.

Pedestrians are approx 50% of the traffic fatalities in Toronto.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 17:49   #37
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Those automated cars at the DARPA challenges might be a solution some day....excluding any computer glitches.

Although... I hate being a passenger so I hope there's an overide.

Most people might perfer them because they are easy. If most people let their cars do the driving, the uncertainty and surprise factors of every day driving should diminish greatly....which should make for a more enjoyable drive for the rest of us.

And I can take a nap if I want to on those extra crappy workday mornings too.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 06:21   #38
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I am guilty of doing what I call slingshot, when I notice another young driver, I give her till I hit the speed limit ans watch as the other guy doing his macho thing, and doing 20-30 km/h over the limit while I do my 10 km/h over still legal.

as for retarded morning traffic I'm going the opposite way as i just finish work at 7:30 am so I never have to see traffic and makes me very happy as I would kill someone if i had to do it (even with what little Ottawa gets for traffic)
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Old September 9th, 2010, 18:00   #39
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If someone is blocking the progress of your car, you ALWAYS need to be on edge and ready to run them over at a split-second notice. Why? They might be standing in the middle of the road (with a group on the side) to rob or carjack you.
Very true.

If it's me or a thief, it's gonna be thief lasagna ala road .
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Old September 10th, 2010, 06:04   #40
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In most states here in the USA if you get caught going 20+ mph over the speed limit they can take you directly to jail no questions asked !!!
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Old September 10th, 2010, 09:03   #41
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Is it 20 or 30? I've always thought it was 30 over.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 12:59   #42
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It's called lane splitting and legal in a couple states.
It may be legal, but I wouldn't do it next to a semi. I have seen what happens first hand when a motorcycle goes under a semi, not pretty.
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I have seen what happens first hand when a motorcycle goes under a semi.
It comes out the other side and then they steal the load of DVD players?



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Old September 10th, 2010, 19:07   #44
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Not legal anywhere in the US, just not illegal in CA, I have done some lane splitting on a Gold Wing in California, not for the faint hearted. I never hang near semi's, seen what a tire will do when it blows. Golden Rule works on the road.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 19:20   #45
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Follow my thinking here - if you move right to get out of my way, then I don't have to swerve around you and pass on the right.

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I stay left, I don't make unnecessary abrupt lane changes. However, when I flash high beams to pass, and people don't move right to give way, I pass right of them when I get an opening, or I pass left in the breakdown lane of a controlled access divided lane highway.


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Being a motorcycle operator puts you in a special class of operators (like nuclear reactor operators, aviation pilots, and masters of ships at sea). Being a motorcycle operator means you have authority to disregard laws and regulations to take reasonable action that departs from a licensed condition when such action is immediately needed to protect the health and safety of yourself and passengers and no action consistent with license conditions that can provide adequate or equivalent protection is immediately apparent.


Motorcycle operators are free to:
- disregard traffic control devices
- depart from standard lane markings
- use lanes of pavement typically closed to traffic (breakdown lanes)
- disregard any other law or regulation that they deem necessary for safe operation of their vehicle

And from this, we can make what assumption?



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I do not, however, drive like an idiot.
Again, wow.
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