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Supposedly none of the bikes in this photograph can be seen by the driver. I've never seen this before. Was sent to me by a buddy and thought I'd just pass it along
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post #2 of 13 Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Supposedly none of the bikes in this photograph can be seen by the driver. I've never seen this before. Was sent to me by a buddy and thought I'd just pass it along
The community college where I coach MSF classes set this up with a truck driving school as part of an open house. Everyone was invited to jump up into the drivers seat and take a look. I think there were 7 bikes and none were visible. More reason to not spend much time around the big trucks.

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On the bright side, they're just Harleys.

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On the bright side, they're just Harleys.

Badabing - that is just plain FUNNY Joe...

..but - I didn't know Harley made red ATV's.


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There's a very simple rule - make sure you can see the driver in his mirror. If you can't, he can't see you.
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There's a very simple rule - make sure you can see the driver in his mirror. If you can't, he can't see you.
True, but even if you can see the driver in the mirror, there is no guarantee that they see you. Assume that they don't. They can be looking right at you and still not see you.
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As a bus driver of twenty years experience, I've always wanted to set this up with one of the local training schools.
It's not just bikes that can be hidden in a blind spot. I've had large 35cwt vans hidden as I pulled out of a turning and it was doing just the right speed to stay in the blind spot as I turned into it's road. On the other side of the cab I have a 12 inch post in the corner, there is also another 12 inches where the two doors join. And somebody approved this design!!!


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True, but even if you can see the driver in the mirror, there is no guarantee that they see you. Assume that they don't. They can be looking right at you and still not see you.
Yes, absolutely true. But the point is not to put yourself in a position where they cannot see you even if they're doing their best.

btw, the photo is a little contrived in relation to the bike in front. I appreciate that the static set up gets the point across excellently to those who climb into the truck. However in reality, to get into that position the truck would have to pull up behind the bike and the truck driver would be able to see the bike clearly when further away. Also in a traffic situation, there'd be a rider sitting up on it!
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post #9 of 13 Old Apr 4th, 2014, 3:25 pm
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SOLUTION AT $2.99 each at Autozone.

This mirror is oval and 5.5 x 4" .
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SOLUTION AT $2.99 each at Autozone.

Going back for another for the other side.

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SOLUTION AT $2.99 each at Autozone.

This mirror is oval and 5.5 x 4" .
The truck pictured in the OP has two large curved mirrors underneath the flat mirrors. You can still have blind spots, even with the curved mirrors.
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Re: Blind spots

This has been making the rounds lately and I'm a bit surprised this isn't patently obvious.

The real message is to get away or stay away from any situation where another driver must rely on mirrors to see you.

Wearing neon green or having your headlight on isn't going to help either.

I also wouldn't assume other drivers even care whether they see you or not.

It's you and only you out there.

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This has been making the rounds lately and I'm a bit surprised this isn't patently obvious.

The real message is to get away or stay away from any situation where another driver must rely on mirrors to see you.

Wearing neon green or having your headlight on isn't going to help either.

I also wouldn't assume other drivers even care whether they see you or not.

It's you and only you out there.
This is all good advice, I go a slight step further and assume that the other driver is actively trying to hit me. I had a situation last week where traffic was stopped, the fool cager next to me put on his blinker, waved to me and proceeded to turn into my lane heading directly toward me, forcing me to engage clutch and ride off onto the shoulder to avoid being run over. Thank goodness I was in the far left lane, not sure what I would have done if there had been a car to my left sitting still. He was at least nice about it, he was going to let me pull back into my lane in front of him when traffic started to move again - of course the last thing I wanted was this tool behind me, I waved him on and then pulled back into traffic many cars later when a safe gap opened up.

Be safe out there guys, there's no cure for stupid.

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