Close call

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by RetiredJake, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. RetiredJake

    RetiredJake Junior Member

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    Coming home yesterday from a twelve day ride. Heading south on I-57 in Illinois. As I'm passing an on-ramp, two cars are accelerating up the ramp. I move over to the left lane. There is a truck in front of the cars in the right lane as they enter the freeway. Apparently not wanting to stay behind the truck, and looking to the left/behind you is so passe, the lead car moves to the left lane, with my from wheel even with his back door. Can you say BRAKES !!! I no more than cleared him and got my shakes under control, when the cell phone wielding idiot in the second car does the same thing. It takes me a couple of miles to stop shaking. I don't think either of them even knew anything had happened. What a horrible way to have ended a ride if I had not been keeping an eye on them.
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Good save Jake, kind of underscores the meaning that motorcycles are INVISIBLE to cagers...especially cellphone wielding ones. :bigsmiley19:
     
  3. HarryB737

    HarryB737 Junior Member

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    I'm glad you were on your toes ! I hope the rest of the trip was eventfull in the other direction !!! I'm always careful when I see someone on the phone or has one of those socker balls decals on their bumper (Look-Out).. :newsmile071:
     
  4. ProF

    ProF Junior Member

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    Reason #4398 for having an airhorn on your bike.
     
  5. ernietrucker

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    Glad you're okay! Believe it or not, it happens to me regularly-and I drive an 18 wheeler!
     
  6. FLHXTom29715

    FLHXTom29715 Active Member

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    Glad your ok, sometimes you kinda get the feeling that they're gonna do that, you always have to be prepard
     
  7. horizonchaser

    horizonchaser Senior Member Contributor

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    In my opinion that is the most dangerous part of a highway (and the reason I try to avoid highways), the on & off ramps. My wife and I experienced something similar. A woman, on a cell phone, entering the highway, looked right at us, and continued on in our path! I was able to get over in time.
    I'm glad that your okay because I can identify with what happened to you and the shakes that follow afterwards!!
     
  8. 03classic

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    I am afraid Yield does not mean Yield anymore Its" Who Got Here First"I get alot of windshield time in my job and see a lot of this daily.i am always aware of the ramps as I approach them .
     
  9. Scarlet

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    Nice Save. Makes ya realize your own heartbeat.
     
  10. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Jake so glad your reactions and bike handling were spot on. I'm not sure what it is going to take to get people to put down their cell phones and stop talking and texting while driving. Enough studies have shown that when you use your cell while driving you are impaired. Most studies I have read puts you in the 4 to 5 drinks impaired range. Again glad you made it home hope the shakes end soon. I guess the air horn is a good idea, but I think I'd rather have an automatic weapon mounted on the bars.