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Old 02-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Biking Makes Better Drivers

This morning my wife was driving me in a residential area and a man was backing out of his drive. He never looked and just kept coming. I yelled "He's coming out!" and she swerved just in time to miss him.

The difference is she expected him to stop. She saw him but did not keep watching. A rider expects the unexpected. I have been telling her riding makes me a better driver. Now I have proof.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:45 AM   #2
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I agree 100%. I have said it many times. Though there are plenty that ride that have not come to this same realization.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:52 AM   #3
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i agree, wife doesn't ride that much anymore and i wince at alot of things she doesn't even notice.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
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absolutely, riding increases your awareness which in turn will make you better in your cage.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:03 PM   #5
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I might disagree.

I read an article once that talked about how riding a motorcycle just exaggerates your current habits.
If you drive cautious, you'll ride more cautious. If you drive like a bat out of , you'll ride even worse.
E.G. You THINK about cutting between cars? You'll do it on a bike.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:05 PM   #6
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I might disagree.

I read an article once that talked about how riding a motorcycle just exaggerates your current habits.
If you drive cautious, you'll ride more cautious. If you drive like a bat out of , you'll ride even worse.
E.G. You THINK about cutting between cars? You'll do it on a bike.
You should see me lane split in a cage
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I think its about the experience. You realize on a bike that you are more vulnerable on a bike. If you are smart you change some things and develop better habits. All of that will transfer over to a cage
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
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Ill hoon around in my truck from time to time, maybe speed a big sure. but on the bike i ride like a complete , its the only way you dont die. lol
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Yes, I agree 100%--figured this out in high school when I avoided wrecks because I learned defensive driving on my Honda.
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I like the people who think they are great drivers because none of their 5 wrecks were their fault. If they were a great driver, they would have avoided the majority of their not at fault accidents
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Biking Makes Better Drivers

I try stay in control of my own destiny on the road, be it in my truck or on the bike. Am I a little fast out of stops and when in traffic? Sure. But I'd rather be out in front where I can see rather than in the middle of a pack.

I am more cautious on the bike, but that comes from inexperience. In the truck it's usually a game of "how fast can I go around that corner?" 40 mph roundabout? Sure why not. Truck is only lifted 4".
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I like the people who think they are great drivers because none of their 5 wrecks were their fault. If they were a great driver, they would have avoided the majority of their not at fault accidents
same applies who keep wrecking or having wrecks on their bike, but it was always somebody/something elses fault.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:32 PM   #13
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same applies who keep wrecking or having wrecks on their bike, but it was always somebody/something elses fault.
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actually i think if your a cautious driver you're a better rider.

On the bike it easier to seea round me than in a car, which in turn makes it easier to do a little this and that.
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or the car that pulled onto the feeder while you were doing 90 in the right hand lane of a feeder
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I like the people who think they are great drivers because none of their 5 wrecks were their fault. If they were a great driver, they would have avoided the majority of their not at fault accidents
I fit your profile to a Tee.

I must be a bad driver, because I couldn't figure out how to avoid somebody from rear-ending me, when I was stopped behind another car on a dedicated left-turning lane, with my foot on the brake and my left signal blinking.

Another time, I was following an old pickup truck on the inside lane of a 4 lane divided hwy, when all of a sudden a car on the outside lane whip across to the center median - right in front of the pickup. The pickup screeched to a halt. I screeched to a halt. The minivan behind me... didn't. Pounded my and pushed my car into the pickup truck. Clearly, I was a terrible driver for not avoiding that one!

I can go on and on... but I won't. I have no excuse for my inability to avoid any of the multitude of accidents, none of which were my fault, and several of the drivers that caused them were issued citations by the attending police officers. I should've broken the time space continuum and reach across to yank the cellphones out of the offending drivers' hands. Or better... interrupted their parents' night of passion, before the glint in her eyes turned into a traffic montrocity years down the road.

I should be ashamed for even posting this reply.
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