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On my way to work this morning, was just approaching my exit on the M60 when a tool in a Hyundai Santa Fe decides to move left into my lane while I'm exactly level with him......... it's lucky the hard shoulder was empty, or there'd have been a mangled 147 littering the motorway.

Luckily (for me) I caught up with him and explained exactly what I thought, he looked a bit put out when I told him he shouldn't have bought something that big 'coz his driving & observation skills aren't up to the job

AAAArrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh, I'm still shaking now, half an hour later
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Re: Almost taken out by a Hyundai

Even the Getz has real swingin' arm rear suspension, but do watch it's big brother, it's a beast out there.
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Re: Almost taken out by a Hyundai

Bummer man,sorry to hear that

Glad you managed to talk to him what he did, hopefully he understands now how he should have been driving.
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They's a special breed, them Hyundai cabbers, so watch them serious like?:
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Re: Almost taken out by a Hyundai

Maybe there's a lesson for you here? While not in any way excusing the actions of the other driver, you do say that you were exactly level with him; even if he had looked, he probably wouldn't have seen you, as you were in his blind spot.
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I have a quick look round before I pull over. Once a motorcyclist...
 
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Maybe there's a lesson for you here? While not in any way excusing the actions of the other driver, you do say that you were exactly level with him; even if he had looked, he probably wouldn't have seen you, as you were in his blind spot.
Ode was in the left hand lane, which means the Hyundai would have been going faster, you can't expect Ode to have slowed down because a car is overtaking. The Hyundai obviously didn't look there's no way you can't see a car if you actually turn your head instead of relying on your mirrors.

Glad you managed to give him some stick Ode.
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Maybe there's a lesson for you here? While not in any way excusing the actions of the other driver, you do say that you were exactly level with him; even if he had looked, he probably wouldn't have seen you, as you were in his blind spot.
If you're level then you're not in the blind spot. Peripheral vision (plus perhaps the tiniest roatation of the neck, left or right) deals with cars that are level.

The blind spots typically are at your 4-5 o'clock and 7-8 o'clock (with 12 o'clock being directly ahead)
 
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I thought a benefit of these 4x4s is the improved visibility. Clearly not then.

At least you were able to give him some feedback
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Re: Almost taken out by a Hyundai

There's only improved visibility if you look out of them, I got the impression this guy thought the correct procedure was signal & maneuvre (sp?) together, then check your mirrors....

Yeah I was in the left hand lane (I do try to use the lanes on roads properly) and our cars were exactly level, so if he'd looked left just a little bit he would have seen me. Just another example of lazy driving I think.


I reckon the motorcyclist's "life saver" look over the shoulder before making a turn should be taught to drivers as well as bikers, it seems to me that it would save a lot of accidents. I've always done it in my car as well as on the bikes and it's second nature now, shame more people can't do it.
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I reckon the motorcyclist's "life saver" look over the shoulder before making a turn should be taught to drivers as well as bikers, it seems to me that it would save a lot of accidents. I've always done it in my car as well as on the bikes and it's second nature now, shame more people can't do it.
I always do a super fast glance over my shoulder. It's paid off in the past too. Especially for spotting bikes and particularly fast cars.
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Me too OA, and when I get lax, a "fright" usually reminds me why it's so important.
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I reckon the motorcyclist's "life saver" look over the shoulder before making a turn should be taught to drivers as well as bikers.

I learned to drive almost 10 years ago, and was taught to do just that.
 
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If you really want a modern brown trouser driving experience, try driving a Caterham sized car down a motorway or busy dual carriageway. I didn't have a Caterham, but my Dutton was a similar sort of size.(a lot slower as well)

Nobody sees you, and wagon wheels just whoosh past your forehead.

It was one of the reasons I decided to sell 'Derek the Dutton'. I honestly felt safer on a motorbike.

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I always do a super fast glance over my shoulder. It's paid off in the past too. Especially for spotting bikes and particularly fast cars.
I think you HAVE to i the GTV. The blind spot on the drivers side is unbelievably bad!
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