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  • Gizmo
    started a blog post “Dead right”.

    “Dead right”.

    We have all seen the video of the Florida car driver who intentionally swerved into a passing motorcycle causing it to wreck. The unremorseful car driver was a dangerous man and the unlicensed motorcyclist was an idiot. Period. Depending on your point of view, both probably got what they had coming. Of course, the real loser in the event was the female passenger on the motorcycle who ended up in the hospital.

    My brother taught high school driver’s ed. His favorite saying to his students was that a driver did not want to end being “dead right”. Whereas a law breaking driver may get fined, the one who is on the receiving end of it all can end up dead, even though they were in the right. Motorcyclists, are you listening? This meant there was more to driving than observing the laws. There is a responsibility to yourself and to those who care about you to do all you can to be safe.

    Motorcyclsts tend to blame everybody else for what happens on the road. We expect the law to be on our side when illegal driving happens around us. However, since we are the most vulnerable ones out there, we, riders, carry an additional moral responsibility to our loved ones to be safer than everybody else.

    Like most experienced motorcyclists, I can cite numerous close close calls I had while riding. In my mind, I was doing nothing wrong at the time of the incident. Yes, I may have been legally in the right but that can be far different from riding in the safest way. In those instances, I luckily avoided being “dead right”.

    It is is important to review those dangerous situations after they occur. Was I vigilant enough? Was I positioned in the safest place? Did I have an “out”? Was I thinking and looking ahead? If there are things you should have done differently, do it right from then on. Learn from your mistakes because being “dead right” is not the right answer!
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