Friday, September 18, 2009
"Right hook... Left undercut...."
...two of the most common car/cyclist crashes that happen. The right hook is when a car turns into you for a right turn when you are continuing straight through an intersection. The left undercut is the one that almost got me. Last Saturday on my way home from a Boys and Girls Club cycling challenge training ride, I was almost hit by a car. I had just gone through an intersection at Garrett and 2nd street (by the 'glass' building) on my way down to the stop light at Monticello when a car began turning left into the ACAC parking lot. I was in the middle of the lane in full view, it was daylight, I don't know why the driver did not see me, until the last moment that is. I slammed on both of my brakes, the rear wheel started to skid, she began slowing down but realized she might be better off continuing so she put her foot back on the gas. That did help me avoid hitting her car as I buzzed closely by the trunk. WHAT WAS SHE DOING THAT SHE DIDN'T SEE ME?! As cyclists, we must be vigilent and look for cars before they see us. I never expected one to turn directly into me. Now I'm always looking for left turners who may come into my path.