Ride Safe

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wayne, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Active Member

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  2. Savage

    Savage Member

    Yeah, this has been a tragic week regarding motorcycle fatalities in the province ... three in past few days ... sad in deed.

    No shortage of idiot, inattentive cage drivers out there either. Took my scoot for a wee spin after supper yesterday ... was stopped at stop sign, waiting to turn right on to Topsail Rd. when I hear a screech of brakes ... look behind to see a VW Jetta a mere inch from my rear tire ... buddy who was also planning to turn right, was obviously looking left for a clearing in oncoming traffic while car was still moving forward!! Jeesuz ....
     
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  3. Trash

    Trash Member

    I was amazed to see how much the pace of traffic had increased on the TCH since my last visit five years ago.
    With that said, single vehicle accidents usually suggest some form of operator error, unless a critter triggers it.
     
  4. Wayne

    Wayne Active Member

    I think the one earlier this week was a car that crossed the center line and took out two bikes.
     
  5. Savage

    Savage Member

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  6. BlackIsle

    BlackIsle Member

    Drove out to Trinity Bay North on the weekend and decided to skip Veterans Memorial and take the scenic route north by Whitbourne to get to Hearts Content. Just before Cavendish a train of vehicles comes down a hill towards me and with the lead vehicle being a Dodge Ram towing a boat. The boat was filled with stuff and I 'thought this ain't good'. No sooner had the thought gone through my noggin when the wind takes a blue rubber maid tub on top and launches it and its contents and some other stuff ten feet up into the air. I gassed it and weaved to avoid something long, narrow and beige which i believe was the awning for the boat! there was traffic behind me and I crested the short hill a little faster than I had wanted to as I didn't see the outcome. However the traffic following was no longer there!
     
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  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Member

    I don't blame you for skipping Veteran's, I drive it all the time on my way to and from home and there are often people driving 70 in the 100 kmh zone which ramps up the risks people will take to pass. As for flying debris that too is far more common than it should be.
     
  8. BlackIsle

    BlackIsle Member

    We drive to Winterton most weekends and you're right, that highway is probably the most stressful section of the drive. The Whitbourne route however has a lower speed limit and I have remember to 'temper' my expectations. The traffic that day too was unbelievable. Maybe because it was a really nice. Funny thing though is that I rode my bicycle a few Saturdays earlier, albeit in the morning, from Winterton to Whiteway and back and I don't believe I saw more than 30 cars moving the whole way their and back.

     
  9. Bob

    Bob Member

  10. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Member

    You have not only got to be watching for wildlife and inattentive/distracted drivers, there are also some where you really have to try to read their intentions. On the way to the ferry 2 weeks ago, I was behind 2 cars with the one in the lead doing about 105 according to the GPS. As we got to a passing lane, the 2nd car speed up to a whooping 110 and slowly passed the 1st car... and even though he got well past he would not go over to the right hand lane. This was a really long passing stretch. Although I don't like doing so, I switched from signaling to pass him and signaled I was going into the right lane with the intention of taking him on that side if I had to. He then deliberately straddles both lanes to make it an unsafe move for me. At this point, I really do not want to be anywhere near this driver. I crossed the double line (I did have good visibility ahead) to get around him and spent 10 min. at 140 to get well ahead. He had briefly speed up when I first passed him. It's been at least 30 years since the last time I thought someone was deliberately trying to put me in jeopardy. Slightly more intelligent than a moose and probably 4 times as dangerous.
     
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  11. HunterSon

    HunterSon Member

    Some people are so brave when they are inside a cage. They should be inside a cell instead.
     
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 Member

    I've had a few of those, I too get on the gas to get as far away as possible.

    As for Winterton I live 15 minutes past there.
     
  13. Bob

    Bob Member

    No trouble for the ST to leave most cars in the dust, eh? I used to like making asshats like that disappear in my rearview if I had to. I still do if they're in the way and I need to get somewhere on time.
    But, if I'm just out for a ride on bike or a drive in the vehicle and find myself in a toxic traffic pattern I usually pull over for a few minutes, get out and stretch, drink some water, look around etc and let the trouble move on down the road. No need to let them spoil my ride.
    Also, I sometimes forget how many drivers are on the roads without any training, drivers license, or insurance, so when I sense that I'm around someone who don't know what they're doing I'm outa there.
    I'm all for 'soft passes' (as you describe above) on multilane divided highways but they are irritating when executed in short passing lanes. Same as lane blocking on divided highways.
     

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