I ride on two-lane roads with 20-25 mpg speed limits. There is a lot of construction going on so a lot of trucks are passing me. There are few other routes available without putting the trike on the rack and driving. I don't want to do that every time I ride. And, I can't get the car in the garage with the trike on the rack. So, both would have to stay outside and be open to vandalism or theft.
Wednesday, I'm on a long, flat road and see my daughter-in-law pass by, heading to work. Then a pickup comes behind me. I watch as he passes then happen to gaze into the mirror and all I see is flashing lights. If the truck had pulled over behind me, he would have protected me. But, he chose to pass first then pull over in front of me. Fortunately, there was a shoulder we could both pull onto so the ambulance could pass. Close call!
Today I went to a less traveled road but it seems people just don't pay attention on the weekends. A small moving truck was passing me when I suddenly saw a car pulling out of a street on the left. That would have meant both the truck and the car would hit head on. Again, I was lucky to have a shoulder and pulled off the road to give the truck a lane to avoid the crash. I put my hand up to tell the woman in the car to stop but she looked dumbfounded.
I don't know about you guys, but I always look both ways, even when I'm turning right. But, the schools around here have been teaching driver's ed in parking lots for at least 15 years and people just aren't learning the fundamentals. This could be very hazardous to my health!