Re: Close calls.... How many
Odd... when I first started riding, I'd have several close calls a week. The more I rode, though, the fewer close calls I got. It dropped to one a week, then one every couple of weeks, one a month... now it's down to one or two a quarter. Since all the cagers around haven't become more careful, considerate, or attentive, it must be me. I have apparently changed my riding to the point that instinct takes care of most of the danger zones, and I hardly ever get in a position to have a close call
My most recent one was about a week ago. Idiot dump truck driver ran a red light (by about 2-3 seconds) right through an intersection through which I was about to proceed. He was actually laughing as he ran through it, like 'Golly gee, I almost flattened a ricer!' Had I been aggressive at that light, I would've been either in the hospital or most likely, dead, but experience made me check just one last time before letting her rip. About the time I was swiveling my head to the left (my intended turn)... WOOOOOOOM went the truck, not even trying to slow down, even though my light had been green for about 2-3 seconds, and the last car to go through had done so about 7-8 seconds sooner.