Never realized how bad people drive...
I knew it was bad, but omg, it's horrible. Being a newer rider, at least for me, I pay attention to everything. Watch the road in front of me, check my mirrors, anticipate what others may do, etc. Very defensive, and I need to be (as most of us do), especially here in South Florida.
In the last week, just being defensive I've avoided multiple close calls. One that was really kind of mind boggling happened two days ago.
Was riding, it was raining (always makes things more interesting), and headed northbound on a 2 Lane, one way road. Speed limit 35. I'm in the right lane, away from cars. Person decides to make a left from a side street, ends up in my lane of course, and is riding with there hazards. I immediately slow down, give them some room. I also lean to the outer part of my lane. Car in left lane is now catching up to me, while hazard person decides to make a left from the right lane.
Of course car in left doesn't react in time, iirc, I didn't see brake lights at all, and plows into him. I'm a safe distance to the right, and the truck behind the other car plowed into him.
Anyway, the thing I learned from this, besides the complete stupidity of people is that I slowed down way too much, and as soon as that car cut left, I should have resumed my speed. By maintaining that slow speed I put myself in jeopardy, had any of those other cars swerved. I was smart enough to anticipate both things, which was good, but didn't handle this 100% correctly. As soon as I saw the truck hit the car in front of him I realized that I was paying too much attention to the accident that had already occurred. He could have went right, and possibly hit me if I didn't get moving.
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