Originally Posted by Jsboening
This is the kind of move that kills motorcyclists. One of my many fears.
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People turning left in front of a cyclist is the most common accident for them.
I couldn't tell if the other car had its signal on, but when I see someone waiting to turn in front of me (left or right), I always do a quick little jig left and right to get their attention, but still be ready to hit the brakes and the horn.
If nothing else, it makes them wonder what's going on with me and might give them pause.
I've actually taken to wearing a bright reflective lime green vest like the cops wear when covering construction zones. The difference in number of people who wait for me to pass when they would have previously pulled out is noticeable. I'm not sure whether they simple see me better or they think I'm a motor cop.
I don't care which as long as they don't wreck me.
As far as my normal gear, I avoid tribal designs because I hear from those who have them on their gear tend to report a lot of close calls. My theory is those complicated designs actually act like a camouflage pattern and make them less visible. Likewise, I avoid bright white, which tends to be excellent at hiding things - something the military has been experimenting with.
For me, solid colors with reflective stripes that differ from the road color (no greys) seem to be the best idea.