Originally Posted by Davezilla
I also agreee that if they're so scatterbrained they lose track of what they'ew doinr or where the cars are, or even where they are on the road it's time to put it up...
I'll tell everyone what I do to survive on a motorcycle in one of the worst cities for riding.. I pay attention to every car that's anywhere near me and assume each and every one of them is trying to hit me so I make sure there's a way to get away from any car that's close to me.
Some of the stuff I've experienced a lot in San Antonio traffic is that most people in cars act like I'm not there and will change lanes right into my lane, they'll tailgate even if I'm going over the speed limits, they'll look right at me then pull out in front of me so I always have to be aware of cars coming off side streets. I've had 2 really close calls where I thought I was going to hit someone because they pulled out in front of me, the first accident was avoided thanks to slamming on the brakes and I came to a stop about 3 feet from the guy's passenger side door... this guy lookes Really surprised when he saw my bike right there so he obviously didn't see me when he pulled out, even tho it was at night. The other time was about a year later and i truck pulled out in front of me, I had to swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid getting hit that time because he was too close to me to just hit the brakes hard. Then about a year ago I was sitting at a stoplight and a car rear ended me on my Harley because he was looking at his kids in the back seat while aproaching the intersection. Lucky for me he was almost stopped already and it just pushed me forward a few feet. Of course, a driver in a car will cut someone on a motorcycle off without even thinking about it so it's always important to never put yourself in a position where you don't have a way out when others aren't paying attention to you or simply don't see you.
Simply put... NEVER speed on the access roads or any other streets where there are side streets and no traffic lights, Always be fully aware of your surroundings and be constantly looking for your way out if things don't go as planned.
I've had similar experiences, always ride a bike or motorcycle as if everyone is trying to kill you, the moment you let that guard down and assume they watch and care you'll find yourself in an accident or dead.
Im like you Dave Im a hyper defensive rider, Im not riding scared since that will get you dead just as quick as taking chances but I watch watch and double watch and you much stay focused on what your surroundings are all the time.
A few seconds of day dreaming can be the last few seconds of your life.
I agree, if someone is so scatterbrained they easily loose track of whats going on around them they have no business riding or driving anything.