Author Topic: Near miss with truck on Trans-Am  (Read 12178 times)

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Offline misterflask

Re: Near miss with truck on Trans-Am
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2012, 11:15:28 pm »
I hold a commercial driver's license and l bicycle tour.  I figure there is about five of us. 
Here's my advice:
When on a two lane road and you see a truck coming, look in your mirror.  If a car is coming from behind, get over and pay attention.  If another truck is coming from behind, just pull over on the shoulder.  You'll only have to do it a few times a day and I can promise you it will be appreciated.

Offline bobbys beard

Re: Near miss with truck on Trans-Am
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2012, 07:13:41 am »
this was a fairly common event on my tour of the states. the road didn't seem busy, but isn't it always the way that when you encounter an oncoming vehicle, there will usually be one passing from behind?  if you value your life, it's not too much trouble to anticipate this and have a quick glance over the shoulder.....

noone is 100% right in this clip, but as someone pointed out.... the laws of physics dictate that you are going to bounce a loooooong way if that thing hits you from behind. i met a lot of truckers in florida especially, who claimed to despise cyclists sharing their road. you can't rely on everyone keeping to the rules. your own safety comes first and that starts with realising you are made of meat and the truck is made of metal.   

a bike brakes much quicker than a speeding truck. get off the road when the horn sounds and you'll live to ride another day :)

Offline John Grossbohlin

Re: Near miss with truck on Trans-Am
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2012, 10:52:52 pm »
Well... the name painted on the truck cab says Gurule's and the number 157 is painted on the tractor and the trailer is number 256.  With a date, time and location I'd think the president of the company, as listed at, could probably figure out who the driver was...