Originally Posted by saphena
More importantly we use it as an excuse for our own imperfect performances. In the "every single close call" quote above don't forget that your own performance contributed to the close call.
My performance is why it was a close call, and not an accident.
I, personally, do not expect perfection from other drivers, and seldom get angry. But when I can actually see the person's face in the rear view mirror, and they never check that mirror before they decide to change lanes and run me off the road, yes that angers me. I wasn't in your blind spot because I could see you. You just didn't look. My actions did not
contribute to that situation, they saved me.
And I do not ride in people's blind spots for that very reason. I was simply overtaking. That scenario is very common for me here in the States and has happened many times. In fact, one day it happened 2 times within 3 blocks, about 30 seconds apart. The old adage "it takes two" does not apply here. It's simply not true.
I don't know how people drive in the uk, but here, people drive without regard for others, and many as though they have a vendetta. They are angry, spiteful and drive with a sense of entitlement. I'm not going to get into a long diatribe, but I've actually had people try to run me off the road on purpose here, with my car and my bike. I lived a long time in the middle of the city, and people are just flat out nuts. I'd love for others in cities here in the US (i.e. Miami, NY LA etc.) to chime in and tell me I'm wrong?