Wednesday, September 23, 2009
S I P D E
Just a little riding event that happened to me recently. Scan As I crossed an intersection in relatively heavy traffic I observed that the traffic in the lane to my right was proceeding a little slower than my lane. I was on a one way street with 3 lanes of traffic. I was in the center lane with cars in front and behind me, but not as many cars in my lane as there were in the lane to my right. The left lane was clear in front and behind. Identify As I proceeded along I slowly passed a couple of cars in the lane to my right. As I would pass a car, I would be in a car's blind spot for a brief moment or two. I also kept an eye on how far away cars were in front of me and behind me. Predict As I entered the blind spot of a Pontiac sedan, I was very aware of the possibility of the car not seeing me and entering my lane to get into a faster lane of traffic. Sometimes people in rush hour traffic seem concerned about getting wherever they are going as fast as possible. Decide I considered a couple of options for safety If the Pontiac entered my lane. One was to swerve to the left into the left lane because I knew it was clear. The other was to just lightly touch my brakes to slow down enough so that the Pontiac could enter my lane and I would just end up behind it. The choice between those two options would depend on where I was relative to the Pontiac. If I was toward the back end of the Pontiac, the brake technique would probably be fine. If I was closer to the front of the Pontiac, then the swerve to the left might be necessary. Execute Sure as shit, the Pontiac started to enter my lane. I was close to the back end of the Pontiac, almost perfectly in the blind spot. But a little application of the brakes was sufficient to place me directly and safely behind the Pontiac. I let the distance between the two of us increase until the two second rule looked good before I started to speed up a bit and get back into matching the speed of other vehicles in my lane. SIPDE works!