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The usual suspects...

What type of vehicle is most likely to cut you off, turn in front, generally not pay attention?

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1) Minivans - distracted moms in a hurry to get to soccer
2) BIG SUV with blind spots the size of texas
3) Any car with a cell phone and idiot attached to it
4) Pizza delivery vehicles

I avoid all of em like the plague - my close call experiences have both been with moms in SUV's -any more that I should look out for?


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Anything with 4 wheels or more + hand phone + kids + ladies......etc,etc,etc

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Anything with 4 wheels or more + hand phone + kids + ladies......etc,etc,etc

+1 I have had everything from people talking on their phone while reading the paper...to the instructor in a student driver vehicle try to kill me. I've almost been hit by small cars, large suv's, a metro bus, a multitude of shuttle vans and a 767 that was exceptionally low on a landing pass while I was traveling on the airport access road for Dulles International. The whole, you are invisible thought process cannot be emphasized enough.

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I look at everything as a threat!! Sometimes even myself


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I look at everything as a threat!! Sometimes even myself
Thats what I was going to say
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That's right... You are your own biggest threat for putting yourself on the road in the first place, especially if you feel like you own the road. Anything can, and will happen.

Last Sunday, Pauline Volikakis witnessed the deaths of her 50-year-old husband Roy and her 16-year-old daughter Jessie, after their motorcycle slammed into the back of a car that had come to a complete stop in the left lane of Highway 30 in Candiac Quebec. Volikakis was riding on a second motorcycle at the time of the accident. The driver in the car ahead of the two motorcycles stopped and parked her car after she saw a family of ducks on the road. She got out of her car to try to help them cross the road. "I'm not blaming the young girl, because I think she wasn't thinking," said Volikakis. Roy died at the scene. Meanwhile, their daughter remained pinned beneath the car... She later died in hospital.
Unhurt, the car driver (28 y.o. female) faces two charges of criminal negligence causing death.

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On my commute, I've also found it helpful to avoid riding on highways that are under construction. Most of these have very uneven, temporary, road surfaces, and no shoulders (for escaping vehicles comming over into my lane), combined with high traffic speeds. Sure, it takes more time to plan my new surface road route, and a little more time on the road, but it's worth it.
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Having some off road riding experience can be very helpful on roads under construction and gravel & dirt roads. You become used to the bike moving around some under you and learn not to brake unless the bike is perpendicular to the surface and then not too hard. On loose surfaces and snow, each time I see the appearance of the surface change, I can tap the rear brake and if it breaks loose I slow down.
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Having some off road riding experience can be very helpful on roads under construction and gravel & dirt roads. You become used to the bike moving around some under you and learn not to brake unless the bike is perpendicular to the surface and then not too hard. On loose surfaces and snow, each time I see the appearance of the surface change, I can tap the rear brake and if it breaks loose I slow down.
I agree. Thanks.

I have many years of offroad riding experience, but it's mostly at low speeds on a very light motorcycle. I'm mostly leery of hitting an "edge trap" at (for me) a high speed, or any kind of uneven ridge that is parallel to my direction of travel. [As well as no escape route / shoulder].
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My closest calls so far have both been with generic 4-door sedans.

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It make no difference what they are driving here in Glastonbury, CT. They are all a holes and will pull out no matter what. Especially if there is nobody behind me.
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down here in Portugal, when you ride a motorcycle in town or on the road in every single degree of a 360š circle there will be danger, added by dangers from above and below.
this is the country with the highest car crash incidents of europe, in and out of cities.

highlight of the year will be summertime, when adding to existing mindless drivers there will be a lot of incoming national immigrants mainly from france, belgium and luxemburg which add the cherry in top of the cake breaking accident records, able to cause 10 car crash on straight roads at 90 km/h because they only drive once per year. They come for two reasons, to visit family in homeland and to cause havoc and kill some more people which chose not to be immigrant.

Also a lot (and I mean lots really) of portuguese woman are able to detain a very interesting although grim record: they cause a bunch of car and bike accidents but somehow are always able to not get involved in the accidents themselves. Must be mother nature helping out.

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@"The Usual Suspects"
I love that movie! Watch it almost every time its on.

OK, this is a serious subject and I am known on here as a joker. But for once, I am not kidding around. My wreck in college, and the near miss I had last fall, and countless scares in the car lead me to say this, Don't judge a driver's ability by the vehicle they are in, not ever, not anytime of day!
YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN A NORMAL PERSON IS GOING TO MAKE ONE LITTLE MISTAKE!
That said, OK, shouted, I do profile.
Here is my list for the town I live in, and it's biased. Sorry.
Daytime:
Elderly drivers, usually in larger automobiles or pickups
Night:
You can't see the car or driver. It's the night and the DUI/Texting/partiers.
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