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post #1 of 11 Old 03-12-2013, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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Almost had a Volkswagen Beetle for breakfast

NICE weather this week, so I rode to work this morning. Right at the end of the ride, I take a right to go to the front of the airport. This street passes by an unemployment/human services/deadbeat hangout center that is on the right, so I had my eyes open and my head up, looking for trouble.

Man, I got it.

Two people in a beat-up green 200X Beetle pulled out of the unemployment parking lot, in front of me. OK, there is room. I begin decelerating and cover the front brake. Thing is, the car starts driving up the wrong side of the road - my side. I grab a lot of brake, thinking "glad I practiced panic braking a couple of weeks ago". I hug the right side of my lane, and sure enough, the Volkswagen darts right at me, attempting to go back into the unemployment parking lot. As I come to a hard stop, eyes wide open, and front tire at the threshold (rear tire locked up at the end, unfortunately) the car swerves around me and ducks right in behind my rear wheel to pull into the parking lot, like I was a light pole or something.

The passenger turns around and looks at me with big, fearful eyes, and the driver points stiffly at his rear view mirror. I can only imagine the conversation in the car. As for me, I pointed strongly at the side of my helmet a couple of times, "THINK, DAMNIT!!!" and rode off.

Funny thing is, my heart rate never really went up that much, and I didn't get that red mist feeling. That's probably for the best.

I won't be going that way to work again - I'll stick with the side entrance, thanks.

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-12-2013, 11:08 AM
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Jeeez, glad you're ok!

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typical vw owner.

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typical vw owner.
Hey now I resent that comment

I don't know what it is but there's something about my wife's Jetta... Everyone just seems to want to hit it

Not joking. We've had numerous people swerve into our lane, cut us off, nearly broadside us, turn into us, etc and all in broad daylight. Hell people hit the stupid car while it's parked in a parking spot ffs

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Hey now I resent that comment

I don't know what it is but there's something about my wife's Jetta... Everyone just seems to want to hit it

Not joking. We've had numerous people swerve into our lane, cut us off, nearly broadside us, turn into us, etc and all in broad daylight. Hell people hit the stupid car while it's parked in a parking spot ffs
I have the same problem in my Cabriolet.

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Its a sign to stop driving shitty cars. lol

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-13-2013, 05:40 PM
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glad it turned out okay...it's hard for some people to see where they are going
when they have their head up their ass!

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post #10 of 11 Old 03-13-2013, 05:57 PM
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Good thing you're watching all the time, that's the only way to ride. I had one out right cutoff going through a two lane switch back, one sway back trailer coming out of a drivewaywith no regard to oncoming traffic, a near cluster stop on a clogged freeway where fortunately every other vehicle dove in a different dirrection, and a wrong way driver on a crowded one way two laner just after a two way split who dove into a driveway to avoid a head on with the care in front of me. Heart rate didin't even come into the picture, it's what we have to deal with, though I swear when I drive my truck this many incidences don't occur in one day.

Cheers to all of us surviving to ride another day!

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Cheers to all of us surviving to ride another day!
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