nearly got very nasty... public service announcement
on my way home tonight, i was having a good blast, nothing balls out but enjoying the open road and feeling good about it.
I enjoy my alfa, and make the most of it, im advanced driver trained and come from a family of bikers. Im always looking ahead as far as possible, and behind too.
However, whether it was complaicency, over familiarity with the route or whatever what happened I hope will encourage you all to be a bit more attentive.
On a lovely part of a dual carriageway i carried out all my mirror checks and commenced enjoyment of the overtaking lane......and nearly took a bloke clean off his motor bike. He had nowhere to go, no space to fill and only oncoming traffic to ride into, if he didnt bail out on the central reserve.
Between one mirror check and another, he had filled a blind spot. As a tall chap i sit as far back as possible, the unfortuate side effect is i have too nasty black spots in my 156, the drivers side spars (front and middle). They are big enough to obscure a bike/small car. Combined with the silly spoiler on the back visibility can require some extra attention.
I came this close to wiping the bloke out and depriving his family of a loved one.
I saw him pull into the petrol station ahead, perhaps to calm his nerves after all his sign language, so i pulled in behind him, explained that it was totally my fault and unreservedly appologised. He was annoyed but very good about it. Im just thankful that i didnt wipe him out.
Whats the point of this? Well i pay damn good attention to my mirrors and i still missed him.
Lets all just keep our eyes peeled a bit huh? You never know, someone in addition to me may learn from my error.
I didnt have the heart to point out to him that wearing black on a black bike didnt aid visibility as i felt far too guilty already, ultimately i should have seen him but it would have helped.
Hope your all well
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