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Have you ever had a scare that turned out to be unwarranted?

I was on my way to my kid's house this morning before work and I was traveling down a 2-laner at 55 mph (the posted speed limit). As I got to about a qtr mile from a residential side street that was perpendicular to my right, a black Saturn sedan approached the stop sign. Coming the opposite way on my road was a large dump truck.

I immediately covered my brakes as I got closer, but it quickly became apparent that the timing was going to be such that the truck would clear the side road probably a hundred feet before I did - giving that Saturn the chance to scoot out quickly in front of me. So I started scrubbing off speed. As the truck cleared and I got REAL close, I could see a) not only was the dufus not looking in my direction (still scanning the road behind the truck, but b) was blabbering on the cell phone planted in his left ear. This really alarmed me (OK - scared me a bit) and I got on the brakes pretty hard - dropping from maybe 45-50 down to 25 in a flash. I was actually still slowing and (fortunately) had some stopping distance and braking traction left when he finally swung his head around to spot me. I'm sure he thought I was a nutcase for slowing down so much, but frankly I don't give a rat's ass (no offense, rat ) what he thought. The timing and circumstances was just one of those 'perfect storm' moments where you can envision a bad scenario being possible, maybe even likely.

I guess if there's any moral to the story, it's that you really never can be too careful when it comes to anticipating other drivers' moves. If the same thing happened all over again - I wouldn't have changed a thing. Had that guy goosed the throttle and I not slowed? I'd be a spot on his driver's door and another on the asphalt about 50 feet down the road.

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The only time I get really scared riding is when I fail to account for something. When my brain is on and I'm seeing everything I usually don't have close calls.

What has been on my mind lately is to be in your situation with a guy turning out in front of you and the person he is talking to tailgating you.

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well sadly i have alot of pucker moments, but to tell you the truth all i have learned here has saved my rear a few times. most the advice iv read here has been put to the test out on the road . well thanx all

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I am always on guard...
I think with me being watchful and reading the other drivers, maybe just maybe I have changed the way things play out.
Like coming to an intersection and scrubbing speed while flashing my high beam, If I wasn't then I think there is a higher chance that car, or tuck might have come out.

so It might just look unwarranted when in fact you changed the course of what was happening.

I would rather have it turn out unwarranted then look back and say dang I had a feeling they were going to do that.....

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Good call aero, better safe than scarred, splattered, and scattered.



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Not traffic related but scary nonetheless. One night when I was a kid I got really mad at my mom and dad over some inconsequential thing. I went in my bedroom and grabbed my leather motorcycle coat, gloves, leather helmet, goggles and a scarf. I stomped out of the house to my little Harley Hummer (a 125cc 2 stroke bike). Got all my gear on and wrapped the scarf around my nose and mouth, pulled down the goggles, fired up and road away. It was a cold but moonlit night and I started down a stretch of country road ala Marlon Brando in The Wild One. The moon was behind me and I glanced down at my left rear view mirror and realized there was some really nasty, big eyed something on the bike behind me. I nearly jumped off the bike and was slowing fast when I realized I had bumped the mirror and I was seeing my own reflection in it. I know my heart almost stopped and I'm surprised I didn't have to change underwear. That would have been sometime around 1953 when I lived in Rogers, Arkansas.

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Aero,

Your fears were well founded and your actions were evasive and controlled......best of both worlds. It is the ability to recognize the potential for a bad situation and acting on it that keeps us on two wheel.

Also if you hadn't slowed down the guy may have looked right past you, as you may have blended into the dump truck, and pulled out.....

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I'd say you did a good job. You couldn't see the driver until after that truck passed and by breaking you did the right thing. It's what you don't see that will kill you.

I would rather see you scared and safe than brave and ...

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The moon was behind me and I glanced down at my left rear view mirror and realized there was some really nasty, big eyed something on the bike behind me. I nearly jumped off the bike and was slowing fast when I realized I had bumped the mirror and I was seeing my own reflection in it.
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