If you ride bikes, the scariest moment is when you come up on a vehicle that is making a right hand turn from a parking lot or side street. Many times, these drivers look right past or through you.
You should follow these four steps to avoid these “right cross” type of accidents:
- Make eye contact with the driver. In the summer this can be difficult because many drivers wear sunglasses.
- Wave to the driver. The act of waiving will cause a disrupt in the driver's eye pattern and cause her to see you. Remember most drivers are not looking for bicycles but they are looking for other cars and trucks.
- If there are no cars behind you, move the left a few feet. This will allow you to move into the driver's field of vision and add a stimulus to the driver's visual field.
- Listen to your gut. If you feel that the driver is not seeing you STOP. Your life is more important than getting to your destination a few minutes sooner.
If you have any questions about an Indiana bicycle accident, call (219) 874-4878.