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    Lane scare from passing car

    I was on a four lane divided highway today. Not much traffic.
    A beat up car was passing me. I looked over and could see the driver was distracted, though I am not sure what the distraction was.

    At any rate he started to move over into my lane while next to me, no signal.
    I do not know if he forgot I was there, or was drunk or something.
    It is possible the strong wind was blowing him over.

    I braked and he went on by. If I had been in the left track of the lane he would have hit me.
    I am not sure what the lesson is, perhaps maintain a bigger margin around beat up old cars with distracted drivers.
    Or stay in the right track when being passed, especially if downwind.
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    Glad you were alert. All you would have had to do was look away for just a sec and it could’ve been way different. I always try to stay in the track furthest away from passing vehicles...whether oncoming traffic or those traveling with me.

    Still being a new rider (a year in April) I’m constantly trying to remind myself on details like this, while out there among the cages.

    Stay alert out there guys and gals!

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    I had someone do that to me on a two lane one way street, last week. He was left lane I was right lane.

    A car in front of him slowed to make a left turn down a side street and he did that whole “pass on the right” into my lane, no signal no nothing.

    I swerved into the bicycle lane, now we’re three wide with parked cars on my right.

    He got a continued blast from my Denali SoundBomb. I pulled up next to him at the next light, pointed to my dash camera and gave him the finger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hank View Post
    I was on a four lane divided highway today. Not much traffic.
    A beat up car was passing me. I looked over and could see the driver was distracted, though I am not sure what the distraction was.

    At any rate he started to move over into my lane while next to me, no signal.
    I do not know if he forgot I was there, or was drunk or something.
    It is possible the strong wind was blowing him over.

    I braked and he went on by. If I had been in the left track of the lane he would have hit me.
    I am not sure what the lesson is, perhaps maintain a bigger margin around beat up old cars with distracted drivers.
    Or stay in the right track when being passed, especially if downwind.
    Ditch the Micky Mouse horn and fit something MUCH more substantial. If you hit your horn, you want it to be heard.
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    Ride like you are invisible. Constantly play the mind game called "What If" -- they stop suddenly, turn left, have no brake lights, pass on the right, run the stop sign, open the door - "What If" -- and always look for your escape route. Good luck, be safe.

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    I am SO looking forward to sharing the highway with "driverless" cars!

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    A lot of car already are “driverless" if you ask me...

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    California being the only state that allows "lane splitting" or what ever you want to call it. My only concern is them making lane splitting illegal.
    Bay area traffic sucks and a split lanes almost every time I ride. On the newer vehicles I see their side mirrors light up with a warning when I'm a vehicle length or two away, if the self driving cars are as sensitive as some by the book drivers or worse and they veer away or slam on their brakes it won't be long before the cries go out to ban lane splitting, or so is my concern.
    So my only concern is legislative, I don't understand how lane splitting hasn't become legal across the country, lots of states looked like they were just about to make it ok but it's looked that way for years now. Making self driving vehicles mandatory or even standard I worry it will swing the opposite direction and they'll make laws more restrictive for motorcycles.
    Seeing almost everyone in a cage playing with a cellphone not to mention those doped up on prescription meds, drunk, high or just inept it's hard to imagine self driving cars not doing a better job on average within the next few years. America's car culture is not what it used to be I'm just hoping motorcycle riders aren't next on the chopping block.

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    Funny, I have been riding in the tire track closer to the other vehicles (left track in right lane), rather than further away. It is with the assumption that that way you are essentially taking the whole lane and the other car has to completely change lanes to pass. It Increases their awareness of you and also limits your time in the drivers blind spot.

    And it goes without saying that situational awareness is key. Congratulations on avoiding an accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippin209 View Post
    California being the only state that allows "lane splitting" or what ever you want to call it. My only concern is them making lane splitting illegal.
    Bay area traffic sucks and a split lanes almost every time I ride. On the newer vehicles I see their side mirrors light up with a warning when I'm a vehicle length or two away, if the self driving cars are as sensitive as some by the book drivers or worse and they veer away or slam on their brakes it won't be long before the cries go out to ban lane splitting, or so is my concern.
    So my only concern is legislative, I don't understand how lane splitting hasn't become legal across the country, lots of states looked like they were just about to make it ok but it's looked that way for years now. Making self driving vehicles mandatory or even standard I worry it will swing the opposite direction and they'll make laws more restrictive for motorcycles.
    Where I live, and where I ride when I travel, lane splitting would probably never happen even if it were legal. There is no traffic like what rippin209 describes. There is no lane to split, and no traffic to ride between. I’d guess there are just a few problem areas around the country where lane splitting might be beneficial. But, perhaps the reason it’s not legal other than in California is that there’s not much need for it. There’s no need to even bother to make a law for it. Even traveling through large cities in the whole midwest, an activity I despise and do very seldom, I’ve almost never encountered a need to lane split. The only time would be if a rural interstate is shut down temporarily while a wreck is cleared. If I encounter that once or twice a year, I can live with it. I get to my destination eventually, and alive.
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