I try. It's hard to ALWAYS be on your toes, tho. My mind was actually preoccupied when that happened. I only saw her because I had just stopped and was checking to see how long I'd have to wait to turn. But for that I probably would not have even noticed her in time.<quoted text>Be careful bro, you know how people Hegel's age drives!!
I will be on the lookout for that now. I try to learn from these things and critique how I handled the situation and what I could do better next time.
Like the one time the traffic in the lane next to me was backed up about a quarter of a mile and I was doing 65 in a 55 and the guy pulled from the lane that was stopped into my lane ... I dunno maybe 35 feet in front of me, from a dead stop. I had to drive in the grass to avoid hitting him. What I took from that is that when in that situation I should not be driving very fast because drivers are unpredictable and people do that stuff all the time. So now if I am in that situation, I drive slower than the posted ... just in case.
I kept thinking, she's going to see me any second here ... she's going to see me any second here, but she really never did until it would have been too late. I'm glad I didn't just rely on that and backed up. It happened so fast, tho. I don't think at that speed I would have been killed and maybe not even seriously injured, but my bike would have been messed up for sure.