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Stopped at a red light this morning on my commute.

Saw a white SUV in the mirrors coming up too fast.

I waited for a second to see if he was going to slow down.

Just as I started to go around the car infront of me, the SUV slammed on its brakes and skidded to a stop behind me.

In retrospect I asked myself "WHAT was I waiting for?!"

As soon as I saw the guy approaching too fast I should have got out of there immediately. I think maybe I didnt believe what I was seeing and kept looking.

After it happened I realized "if the guy was slowing down to stop, and I went around the guy in front of me anyway, nothing bad would happen
But if I waited too long, and if he had not stopped I would have been in the resulting collision.

That is an easy trade off to make
Nothing bad happens and I look stupid
or getting hit.

Always play it safe and get out of harms way.
 

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Only once has a car been coming up too fast in my mirrors at a light and I too hesitated. He got stopped without skidding but I know how fast it can happen and the thinking that this isn't really happening. I always leave an escape route and stay in gear at stops but to actually make the call to move in the split second it takes to realize he's coming in way too fast is something we should just do without hesitation. Like you said, no harm other than maybe a little embarrassment and it could save your life. And even if they get stopped in time, maybe when the driver sees you move it'll wake them up to what they just did.

Glad you came away unscathed (well, except maybe your shorts). Your experience is certainly going to make me think faster the next time it happens. Thanks for the post.
 

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In the four years since I got my bike this is the first time this has happened.

Ive had cars come completely over the center line on a curve on a two lane road
Ive had cars back up at a red light, forcing me to go around them (when their backup lights come on, GO!)
Ive had cars jump red lights and run stop signs

I never freaked out on any of these events. I actually expect people to do stupid things, so Im not surprised or even angry when it happens.

But this is the first time Ive almost gotten rear ended at a red light. So now I know what to look for.

It is a little distorted judging a vehicles approach in the rear view mirror.
The more you know what normal looks like, the faster you can detect a dangerous situation.
 

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happened to me stopped making a left, when i heard tires screeching behind me i took off then made the next left into my bank lot , the security guard saw the whole thing and told me if hadn't moved when i did i would of got hit because the guy skidded past where i was stopped, the guy must have been flying because he was pretty far back when the skidding started
 

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Yikes, that is scary. People are so distracted when driving.

I really wish all US drivers were forced to take the motorcycle test and ride a motorcycle for one year before they are allowed to get behind the wheel of a cage. It would make more people think twice about being distracted while driving if they had the experience on a motorcycle beforehand.
 
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