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I originally wrote this for the January 2006 issue of the Humber Rider newsletter

Whenever a car driver hits a motorcyclist you can guess what the car driver will say: “I didn’t see him!” The car driver just might be telling the truth.

When you follow larger vehicles (which means just about any other vehicle on the road!) that you cannot see over or past, oncoming vehicles can’t see you either. Also, if you cannot see traffic situations developing well ahead of you, you will have less time to react appropriately.

Don’t be like the asleep-at-the-wheel car driver that seems mesmerized by the car ahead of them. Take control of the situation and ensure that you can see oncoming vehicles and that they can see you. Change lanes and/or pass the larger vehicle. If neither option is available immediately, drop back and position yourself closer to the left edge of your lane so that you can at least see past the vehicle ahead. This will also make your headlight visible to oncoming vehicles and in the side mirror of the vehicle ahead. Get ahead of the larger vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.

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June 18th, 2014 at 9:01 am

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