I nearly got wiped out by a big 4WD ute today. I was doing 80 down the road on the way to doing my final exam for my diploma, and this ute came in from a side street without bothering to look. It's a quiet road, the only reason I was on it was because the regular route was flooded, so she probably comes that way every day and never sees another vehicle. She screeched to a halt, I screeched to a halt and swerved right out to the edge of the road. I could see myself hitting it, and I was certain that I would. I missed the front end of the ute by less than an arm's length. The woman stopped right away and was shouting "SORRYSORRYSORRY " even before she got out of the car. I could have lost my head, but what would that accomplish? She was a nice lady and she knew it was her fault, so I wasn't angry or anything. I said I was OK, told her politely that she needs to look out for bikes, and she agreed, saying her brother rides. Meanwhile my heart was about to tear down the side it was pumping so fast and I was all wobbly for a while. I don't think she was much better. So no hard feelings, I got back on and rode to TAFE, got there 15 minutes late, begged another ten minutes to sit down and gather my nerves. I think I did OK in the test. But anyway, I wear one of those fluro safety vests with the reflective tape all over it and she still didn't notice me. That's something to keep in mind when you're riding. I think the main reason I'm not in a hospital right now, or in a fridge, is that I did an all-day preliminary riding class last Friday before I did my riding test for the open licence. I owe Stay Upright one, no question.