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... common sense, something else or all of the above?

Middle of the day, I'm sitting stopped at a red light about a car length back from the car in front of me. I'm also about 3 cars back from the light. I'm in the right-hand lane and I'm going to turn right at the light, my blinker is on. I'm also sitting in the left 1/3 of the lane. Up behind me comes a mini van. Looking in my right rear mirror I can see that the van has come up pretty close, not the first time this has happened but still concerning. I glance over my right shoulder and this person is really close. I'm thinking WTF is this person doing? Next thing I know a mirror goes right by shoulder. The guy went by me. I was shocked, perplexed and dumbfounded that someone would do that and then it really pissed me off. When the light turned green I had to hold back from kicking off his side mirror. I know where he lives. Be careful out there.
 

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Next time don't hold back
 

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Riders have a tendency to leave their turn signals on when they shouldnt be. People become accustomed to the false turn signal and eventually disregard them completely. Idiotic? Yes. Understandable? I guess so. Next time stay to the right of the lane if your turning right and left if your turning left. Being angry hurts you not them. Learn to live with idiots!
 

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Understand completely!......good job on keeping your cool,at least you were not injured.Cage operators do not have much regard(thought) for bikes;PSC has a good thought though!.
 

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Stupid people do stupid things! Thankfully, you kept your wits about you. Maybe the guy was having a bad day. (he would have had an even worse day if you had kicked off his mirror! HA-HA) Anyway, you should be commended for being one of the good guys.
 

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Face it the bulk of 4 wheeled drivers out there do not pay any attention to what they are doing. I ride every day and almost everyday

some Bozo tries to take me out. Lately, via the use of the cell phone whislt driving.

I survive by treating all of them as homocidal zombies out to kill me.

With the TW you can't get out of their way compounding the problem, nor do you have great brakes.

The real bad ones I call 911 and report a drunk driver. That'll at least get 'em pulled over. Get the licence number!

Could be some merit in mounting a portable fog horn/siren (available at Walmart) used for boats, damn loud.

Rocks work better than paintballs with brakefluid as you can claim the rock musta flew from your tire.......

Remember YOU ARE INVISABLE!
 

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Goodness gracious, a real website with these products!!



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I second the "Keep your Cool" philosophy. In reality, on top of people not paying attention while driving, idiots with cell phones, etc. the reality is there is an over-abundance of "Ass-H*le drivers" who have no regard for anyone else's safety, much less do they care about the rules of the road, and actually enjoy finding ways of driving irresponsibly, especially if their actions result in causing other drivers / riders grief. It's a power trip for them, a way they get their jolly's. Please excuse me for the rant, this is something we are all too familiar with.



I really like the suggestion of calling them in as drunk / reckless drivers, I would not be surprised if a percentage of them are under the influence. In those situations, that call could possibly save someone's life. OK, I'm getting down off my soap box now. m.
 

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Take down the license plate number and report it to the local police department for reckless driving. Many times they will go over to the guy's house and issue him a ticket.

That's how you get even instead of damaging his property which gets you in a fix, unless you can convince the cop you were only trying to save yourself from being run over.
 

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I like the high-vis of the gloves.



However, for my own safety, I'll keep mouthing curse words masked by a full face helmet!
 

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I'm in NYC. And all I can say is - everyday! I'm mellow-er now than I once was but I expect something or someone stupid everyday. Let them all go. Keeping your cool is the best thing to do.
 

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wait so was there a no right turn on red sign there?...why didn't you pull by the 3 cars in front of you and up to the light off to the right side of the road and just turn right yourself if a mini van could get by?...what's safer on a bike sitting in at a light stopped with the possibility of getting sandwiched between 2 cars or zipping right up to the light, stopping quick and taking the turn...i drive in providence and boston where it's eat or be eaten so something like this in pretty minor by comparison...but glad you kept you're cool cause getting all worked up does nothing but make it worse...like PalmStateCrawler said, he probably thought you left your blinker on by accident and just don't leave them the room to get by next time
 

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You own that whole lane. Put yourself in the center of it (provided there is no oil or gunk in the middle). That way the typical moron won't be tempted to squeeze past you.



Make sure you don't try to squeeze past others, too, or karma will get you.
 
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