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Deteroration if Driving skills and Riding.(8 posts)

Deteroration if Driving skills and Riding.SnowBlind
Jun 19, 2002 9:11 AM
Now that summer is in full swing I am commuting by bike most days. I have'nt piloted a car in two weeks now.
Today, however, I drove in. What a distaster! All my driving skills are in the toliet, kept lugging the engine, hit the cement block when I was parking, etc.
Felt like I was 17 again and learning how to drive. Even my riding buddy noticed the change when he was in the car, and he considers me a good driver for an American. (damn arogant Aussies)
Anyone experence this, or am I getting old?
You are getting old. 2 weeks out of a car shouldnt affect you.refusenik
Jun 19, 2002 9:16 AM
Nah, sorry....tronracer
Jun 19, 2002 9:36 AM
I used to ride every day as a courier and neglected my car for weeks at a time. When I did drive, I felt just as sharp as ever. Driving a car is like...forgive me...riding a bike, you never forget. Sounds like you're getting old, my grandmom does the same kinds of things.
re: Deteroration if Driving skills and Riding.mr_spin
Jun 19, 2002 9:37 AM
I used to go weeks without driving, too. The worst is when you come to signals that don't detect bikes, or stop signs where no one is around. Your instinct is to check if it is safe, then roll right through it!
i'm exactly the opposite...SteveO
Jun 19, 2002 9:39 AM
Although my commute is far too far for bicycling, I opt to motorcycle in to minimize resource consumtion.

I find that when I ride regularly, I am a much more attentive driver, being as survival on a motorcycle (or even a bicycle) is very much dependent on utilization of all senses and 'reading' traffic.

During the winter months, when i may go for weeks at a time without riding, I find my car-driving senses weaken quickly. I find myself beginning to say 'that guy has a stopsign', or playing the radio loud enough to drown outside sounds. I find my instinctual hand-on-the-horn as others approach diminishes, and I assume I'm seen.

Cycling has made me a FAR better/safer driver; with so few motorcyclists and bicyclists out there, i can see why there are so many bad drivers (which brings up another point...many bad habits arent even recognizable by 'good' drivers who arent cyclists).
me too.EpicX
Jun 19, 2002 10:12 AM
i notice that the more i ride the better my driving gets. I think riding close in fast groups with nothing but lycra and your brain/reflexes between you and the road forces you to pay more attention. It seems to carry over into the car. at least for me.
re: Yup...jrm
Jun 19, 2002 1:51 PM
And everytime i drive it seems to remind me why i HATE driving.
no kidding!TomS
Jun 20, 2002 8:26 AM
I usually commute to work by bike, but once in a while if I feel tired in the morning or the weather looks bad I'll drive instead - and without fail, unless the weather is really crappy, I'll be thinking "gee, I wish I rode instead..." within the first few miles. Usually as soon as I see someone else riding :-)

I bought a new car about a year ago too, because my old one was just plain scary in the snow, and they always look at me funny when I bring it in for scheduled maintenance and the mileage is about half of what it "should" be...