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Old 02-09-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Head checkin whilst in your cage?

OK... Am I the only one that caught himself doing a head check while riding inside an enclosed vehicle? Even when I can't even actually turn around I have on occasion caught myself starting to turn to check the neighbors lane. I have to laugh when I do it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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I do it all the time. Been doing it for years. I never trust the mirrors.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:03 AM   #3
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I do it all the time. Been doing it for years. I never trust the mirrors.
Mirrors are only for determining whether it's worth your time to actually look. IOWs, yeah.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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i do it,there is a blind spot if the car beside you is nearly right beside you
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
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Thats something I do, no matter what I'm driveing.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:12 PM   #6
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Motorcycling *can* make one a much safer cager. It definitely does that to me. I actively check blind spots and scan side to side numerous times through intersections. Bicycle racing even from decades ago does too. I routinely look through the windows of that car in front of me to see what that car in front of them is doing just like looking 2-3 bikes ahead in a pack where your front wheel is inches from someone's back wheel. Never raced motorcycles so I couldn't fathom all that a moto GP racers mind would be processing.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:23 AM   #7
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I absolutely agree with heavy Cy. Motorcyclists who have situational awareness and take responsibility for their own safety are among the best drivers I've ever known. As on the bike, when in my cage I'm constantly scanning.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:32 AM   #8
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WTF. You are supposed to do a head check while driving to clear your blindspot. One of the more scary near-hits I experienced was some idiot in a van who changed lanes without headchecking while I was in the process of rolling past on a two lane highway.

If you are not regularly checking your blindspot before changing lanes while driving, I hope we never share the same street.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:37 AM   #9
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some idiot in a van who changed lanes without headchecking
They all do that.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
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WTF. You are supposed to do a head check while driving to clear your blindspot. One of the more scary near-hits I experienced was some idiot in a van who changed lanes without headchecking while I was in the process of rolling past on a two lane highway.

If you are not regularly checking your blindspot before changing lanes while driving, I hope we never share the same street.
driver's training in every country I've ever lived in.

head check-- mirrors can't show you everything you need. A lot my close calls come from people not taking a second to look over their shoulder.

Which is why the number one rule in heavy metro traffic is to ride aggressively in order to keep out of blind spots.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:41 PM   #11
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Trusting mirrors in ANY vehicle is about as reliable as trusting politicians.

I have noticed that since riding that when driving I'm much more paranoid about giving other drivers the opportunity to run into me.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #12
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WTF. You are supposed to do a head check while driving to clear your blindspot. One of the more scary near-hits I experienced was some idiot in a van who changed lanes without headchecking while I was in the process of rolling past on a two lane highway.

If you are not regularly checking your blindspot before changing lanes while driving, I hope we never share the same street.
This.

Signal.
Mirror.
Shoulder Check
Move.

Every time. This thread is kinda strange. This is how you are supposed to drive EVERTHING. Mirrors lie and cars/trucks are big.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:57 PM   #13
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This.
Mirrors lie
How can mirrors lie?

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:20 AM   #14
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This.

Signal.
Mirror.
Shoulder Check
Move.

Every time. This thread is kinda strange. This is how you are supposed to drive EVERTHING. Mirrors lie and cars/trucks are big.
Turn signals are "optional" in the US.

(or at least that's what many drivers seem to think. )
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:36 AM   #15
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I've put those convex blind spot mirrors on every vehicle I've owned for years. Don't have to head check as much. My 2500 Dodge van had a blind spot that would hide a bus.
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