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2 Evils - Pick 1(6 posts)

2 Evils - Pick 1Trux
Aug 7, 2003 6:08 AM
This morning, on my ride to work, I was almost forced to choose between two evils. A guy pulled out of his driveway on my right (right in front of me), just as a car was starting to pass me on my left. Luckily I had room to swerve left, around the car in the driveway, without being struck by the passing car on my left (I threaded the needle). If you had to choose: 1) "T bone" the car in the driveway (possibly fliping over his hood) or 2) Swerving into the passing car on your left - which evil would you choose?
re: 2 Evils - Pick 1RCA
Aug 7, 2003 6:20 AM
Riding into a solid object is never a great idea. The car while being on the left looks imposing it is travelling somewhat close to your speed and as he is watching for driveway guy he may do what he in fact did move and allow you just enough room. The same goes for cars if a guy cuts you off the instinct is to swerve away usually into a stationary guiderail when in fact two cars side by side hitting is not a great impact.
Depends........Len J
Aug 7, 2003 6:22 AM
on how fast traffic is moving, how fast I am moving & how far I am from t-boning the car.

Split second & the faster traffic is moving the more likely I am to t-bone the car.

Len
Waynes World Lesson #1sievers11
Aug 7, 2003 6:25 AM
Have you seen Waynes World? no T-bone please.

I say once again it comes down to how to make the most stylish escape. I say swerve into the passing car and put a sholder on it like Baden Cooke leaned on Robbie McKwen for a classic sprint finish.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2003/tour03/?id=stage20/tdf2003-nazon-mcewen-coo-58

But seriously...it doesn't really matter what you say, instict will take over and you will just react. I would probably slammed on the brakes and either take a soft T-Bone, dive to the curb or lay the bike down. I think the best advice is to ride as defesively as possible...assume: ever car is about to open its door, run the stop sign and that you are invisible.
T-bone em'...biknben
Aug 7, 2003 7:57 AM
You know where he lives. He is more obviously at fault. Getting hit from behind can get really ugly. I'll go for the T-bone in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, you don't always get a choice.
Bunny Hop the Driveway car! nmpitt83
Aug 7, 2003 10:28 AM