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post #31 of 224 (permalink) Old 09-19-2007, 08:46 AM
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One little mistake I made once was to let off the brake which turns off the brake light. An SUV behind me, apparently focusing in on my brake lights, figured I was going to start moving. (I keep an eye on both mirrors and scan constantly). I saw her lurch forward under power but stopped quick an inch from hitting me.

From now on I hold the brake on at intersections til ready to move
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Exactly why I installed my flashing red LED's with a pressure switch on the brake lever that I can activate (and do ) with my index finger before braking and while leaving any stop.

Let's not forget to "adjust" our riding habits with the changing traction levels, this time of year the farmers are leaving lots of mud & dirt on the roads that can be deadly. City dwellers who do not get out in the country very often might not expect it.Colourful fallleaves are beautiful but when they are wet & on the road they are very hazardous.

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Interesting info here guys and gals, Helen the Viking was following me the other day in her car, only a few miles, having gone to meet her in town for an evening meal.

Afterwards, she commented how my rear lights kind of "mesmerised" her as she followed, she actually wondered if all the rear lit up might not be a cause for inattention by drivers. I have never thought about this before and wonder if anyone has everthought about this one before.

I am only throwing it into the melting pot, thinking that maybe some rear ended accidents might actually be attributed to this "mesmerising"?

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I tend to agree Silverfox, but have noticed a definite difference with the Flashing lites, the "Flashing" tends to activate the mind rather than the solid static brake / parkinglites. That is why most warning systems and emergencyvehicles use Flashing lites.Solid lites "Take" your attention - Flashing Lites "Get" your attention.

It works for me.

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I have a brake modulator. When I am sitting at a stop and I see some one coming up on me I activate the modulator to make sure they see the flashing.

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I think that this may well be the case, since I believe she would have been looking at my solid red rear lights, ( all top box and saddlebags are lit on mine) and the brake lights are solid, even the spoiler light. I have seen many Wings over here with modulating rear lights, combined with the brake lights, but am not sure of the legality of these. I know that bicycles may have flashing red lights, so long as at least one light is solid, but how this stands with motorcycles and indeed cars I don't know? Bicycles with flashing rear lights are much more visible than those without.

As I have said before, front modulating ones are a big no no, even if not illegal, since it has become common for folks to flash their lights to give someone the go ahead to pull across their lane. Officially the Highway Code says that flashing headlights are supposed to mean "I am here" much the same as tooting the horn, but no one uses that here these days, only rapid flashing accompanied by some interesting hand gestures, when annoyed!!!!

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One recommendation I heard and like to do is When going through an intersection always try and go through with an other vehicle next to you, either speed up or slow down so you are part of a bigger picture for people to see. And if I cant, I always turn on my fog lights well before the lights.
this is one I try to do also, beings the last2 miles of my 30 mile trip to work every day is in heavy traffic.

I have also installed louder horns from a Dodge Astro van, someone said they are the loudest horns in the automotive market, got them at a junk yard for $10.00 for both. I have used them and they do get cagers attention.



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Personally, I assume that every vehicle on the road is driven by my crazed, sniper attitude ex-wife that's looking to take me out. That pretty much keeps me safe. What do they say? Fear is a good thing.

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When my Mom taught me to drive 45 yrs ago, she told me to not assume that ever driver would be predictable & said to keep eyes moving at all times. When I am driving a cage , Rig or a bike, I watch the road at least 1/4mi. ahead and behind as well as both sides. I guess her advice was good as I have never had an accident. That's not to say I have never layed a bike down. I have done this quite a # of times in the past in accident avoidence. Someone pulls out in front of me, I just lay her down & step off. I have to say that riding all year in Toronto sure honed my riding skills.
& thank the Lord for snowmobile suits. Like Paul, I am now an Ex-Avid rider. I'd like to say it's an age thing but we all know that is not true.: cooldevil:


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I'm invisible, no one can see me. I live by that rule and believe it. I think that is the best defensive driving tip there is, If you know no one else can see you you will react accordingly all the time. It's kind of like crossing a 4 lane busy highway on foot. If you don't watch your a** while crossing, you won't make it to the other side

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That's not to say I have never layed a bike down. I have done this quite a # of times in the past in accident avoidence. Someone pulls out in front of me, I just lay her down & step off.

I have never understood the wisdom behind "laying it down." Does the bike stop sooner sliding on metal and plastic, totally out of control, than it does on the rubber tires with brakes applied?

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