Plisar wrote:Luckily, no crash here, but I have a similar experience to maribell and Eric to report.
I was driving on Voigt Drive near Campus Point on UCSD's campus on my home stretch heading home. There is a woman who is clearly trying to turn left right into the left hand turn lane for Campus Point. I see her, I know she's going to do something stupid, and I slow down accordingly. There are no cars in front of me and as I approach her, she finally decides to pull out. I was going 15 at the time (speed limit is 35 in the area), and it likely saved me from a lot of pain.
wow crashes coming left and right itt. everyone
heal up well and look forward to scooting again
regarding the quoted post, i come upon these situations all the time. we all do who have an urban commute. sometimes when moving forward you can only scan your surroundings, assess the situation, look for a possible out, and start to see yourself in a number of possible scenarios
i have not taken MSF yet (read the book, though) or read PM, but i have always been an excellent driver
. so i feel confident on the road and around cars. i have also been the kind of driver of the mindset "close is not close enough." which for me means in my car i could be inches from another vehicle on the road and think nothing of it. near misses, passing, or even "riding the wall" in the fast lane on the freeway. that has helped me as a rider, too. because man, when we are out there we are OUT THERE. close to everything on the road. yes, inches
away from that bus. why, i think i'll reach out and touch it
. but i always remain calm
when i was in high school i had a militant drivers ed teacher. more homework given then all other classes combined on any given day, and he made us write pages
of meaningless drivel. just to make sure we were doing something,
anyway this he pounded into our heads about potential "collisions." i put it in quotations because in this man's world he would tell you, "no such things as accidents, students. just collisions which could have been avoided"
so yeah, the below was his (and our) mantra
Identify (identify the situation)
Predict (predict what might happen)
Decide (decide what course of action to take based on possible scenarios relating to your prediction)
Execute (execute said course of action)
ah yes, the "IPDE Method"
i was scarred for life by the brainwashing, but it worked, i think. its suppose to work in an instant, in a flash. its really the culmination of a bunch of little thoughts making one big one. when i come to an intersection now, its now different then i did when i was in a car. i see everything
and the IPDE takes over
other then that, i try to remember in a tough or tight situation, i am small
. that means maybe i can find a small space of my own and be safe in any given situation. hopefully.....