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SMIDSY? Nice try, but not today!

Discussion in 'Your Near Misses - A Place to Vent' at netrider.net.au started by bulby, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. Just thought I'd share my experience with you guys :)

    On the way to work this morning, I anticipated and avoided a potential SMIDSY situation on the freeway. The situation itself was actually scary, now that I think about it. But it wasn't exactly hair-raising since it happened exactly as I've expected.



    It all started with me noticing the cage 2 lanes to my left (on my 10 o'clock direction) started indicating right soon after they started inching to the right-hand edge of their lane. I'm not exactly sure why or how, but I somehow knew he was going to gun it all the way straight onto my lane. So I checked and confirmed that cage behind me was pretty far away, squeezed my brakes, and sure enough they switched 2 lanes right on top of where I would have been had I not hit the brakes, not even realising how I've just dodged his rear bumper by 6".

    Moral of the story: Stay alert, stay alive. And peripheral vision saves lives!
     
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  2. Was the driver on the phone when you rode past?
     
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  3. This should be in "Near Misses".....
     
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  4. Good work Bulby.

    By the way, do you wear hi viz? Is your bike brighly coloured? Do you have bright coloured gear?





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  5. this is a daily thing for me.. i ride like every cage is out to kill me.. my eyes are like a kangaroos in a spot light
     
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  6. Just needed a m*ther F***ing air horn to scare the sh*t outta them afterwards. Or a nice kick to their rear panel....

    The problem with not scaring them enough is they will just do it again.
     
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  7. Was tossing between the "Near miss" subforum or here. Thought the newer riders might learn a thing or two from my experience (I'm new too).

    I wear a white leather jacket (black everything else), and my Across is bright blue / blue-green / teal. Standard pipe, but still pretty loud. I was probably the loudest thing around at the time, except for the truck some 7-8 cars behind us.

    Driver guy was chatting away with his mate who was sitting in the passenger seat beside him.

    I actually thought about clutch-in + revs, since my horn can only do wimpy "meep-meep"s. Then again, too much effort and guy would still have no clue what just happened. So yeah. I settled for the slow "le sigh" head shake instead.
     
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  8. Cool. Was just wondering how conspicuous you were... Being bright didn't seem to help in this case. Being loud didn't seem to help either... Seems being alert did :)
     
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  9. good to hear you avoided that one. Its comforting when your prepared for and not surprised by someones warped take on road craft. now rinse and repeat
     
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