...and I wasn't even riding my bike (so maybe not a sportbike chat but I think still relevant...).
So what happened? I'm driving West down #1 Hwy, just this past Friday afternoon, after dropping a buddy off at a dealership where he was picking up his new car.
Super bright and sunny day, I'm sure you remember it. A little chill in the air but that didn't matter; visibility is 100%....can see for miles! Traffic is moving between 90/100kph when things start to slow down ahead....and slowing down quickly, almost to a dead stop.
...and then I see it coming...
I've been driving for years, didn't think about tips like trying to look 60meters out ahead of me or giving myself a full car length between me and the driver in front of me (I was 1.5 car lengths away), and normally would have had my eyes glued to just the car right in front of me and not pay attention to anything else....other than blasting the radio.
...but for the last year and a bit, I've been alert. It's almost out of habit now. That day, Friday afternoon, I'm checking through the windows of the car ahead of me to see traffic beyond him, checking to my sides, and watching the rear view....when I see the other driver. It's a kid, I can see him, he's day-dreaming (I can see his face) and he's bearing down on me, looking like he's going to hit my driver side area if he veers, and he's moving at full speed (like I said, traffic is moving between 90/100kph and slowing down quick).
The brother isn't braking. Without thiniking about "what do I do??", I just react.
PUNCH IT!! Boogied forward the 1.5 car lengths of free space and hard right, out of the way as best as I could, making sure that when the collision happened that I didn't propel into any other cars. Doing that action is when the kid behind me see's that traffic has slowed and brakes hard.
BAM!! Hit's my rear bumper but it was almost like a light tap...damage is about $100 - $400 on the car...depending on if the repair shop can buff out the scratches....because that's all it is.
I've been replaying the event in my mind and thought "if I had veered left onto the shoulder, would I have even had any damage on the car??". Maybe not, but then I would have sat there thinking about what to do for that crucial 1.5/2secs vs reacting...and that instant reaction is what I think saved me a great deal of pain (thinking about it, the car can be fixed, I can't....and the way that kid was moving in his car, it could have been much worse).
...though, if I was on my bike and saw the kid coming, I could have boogied through all the cars and no problem....home free without a scratch, but that little bit of 'alertness' training, ...what did Kramer call it from one of those dog-fighting movies??.....watching out for the bougies??, I think really saved my bacon.
This event (with me turning something that is somewhat negative into a real positive), and thinking back to PRS training, is helping me to appreciate that maybe learning to become an even better rider/driver hasn't stopped yet. I know BMW has some advanced advanced driver training in Cali (which I'm going to do in the spring) and heard about some advanced driver courses here in BC (some of them the same advanced courses the law enforcement folks take). Thinking about these and more bike training this summer.
If any of you folks have taken advanced courses (car or bike) and strongly recommend courses that you found valuable, please share.