Watch those wheels!

This week on Tuesday’s Tip: “Watch those wheels!”

I believe that I read this tip either on Dave’s blog or in one of his comments. For those of you who don’t know Dave, he is the biker blogger at the Road Gritz Cafe in California. 

If you a see a car or truck on a side street or driveway that could potentially pull out in front of you, keep your eyes on the front wheels. If you see the front wheels start to roll then you know the car’s on the move and could potentially pull out in front of you.

I don’t understand why so many bikers who have had a car pull out in front of them claim to have made eye contact with the driver and are in shock that the driver pulled out. I hardly see the drivers face because I’m watching those wheels as if my life depends on it. Maybe once you make eye contact with the dreaded cager, he holds you in a trance as he trys to kill you… it’s that old vampire trick!

I call those cars poking their nose out in traffic “nosers”. Gotta watch the front wheels on those nasty nosers.

11 Responses to “Watch those wheels!”

  1. This is a *great* tip and should remind everyone to be SUPER aware of everything around you!

  2. Always watch the wheels. And assume that every driver doesn’t see you. Right of way means nothing. Better to be in one piece than to to know that the car violated your right of way.

  3. Thanks Liz and Kathy.

  4. This is great advice except for the instances where the cager never stops or even slows and just rolls right through a stop or yield sign, leaving you little or no time to react.

  5. You’re right about that.

  6. Those cages with the “Spinners” on the wheels are the ones I hate. The car is stopped but it looks like the wheels are still moving!

  7. Annoying to be sure…but better to think they are moving when they are not than the other way around!

  8. I know this is a really old post and no one may ever see it but I had to comment. You give some great advice here except for one problem. Tell me true. How many people do you see at stop signs, yield signs, red lights or any other stop you can think of that DON’T stop then roll forward at least one time, and often more. Never did understand the point in this. I have made it a point for too many years to count now to not move after stopping until I’m ready to take off. Now obviously this doesn’t include moving up a space when the car in front of me leaves the stop sign. I’m talking here about that moving up for no reason crap. I actually broke up with an old girlfriend because I was afraid to ride passenger with her. She was so bad about it that I always thought she was pulling out in front of traffic. Bottom line: you can’t really trust wheel movement. You gotta figure every one of them is going to roll out on you.

  9. Charlie I don’t follow your point. How can you not trust wheel movement? Bottom line: if the wheels are rolling the vehicle is moving and vice versa. I agree you have to assume the potential exists for each of these vehicles to pull out. That is the whole point. You have to be prepared to stop or swerve. You have to keep an eye on the vehicle. I suggest you focus on the front wheels if you can. What do you suggest as an alternative?

  10. Yes, I’m afraid I didn’t quite make myself clear. I am agreeing with you 100% except that all of their wheels are moving. Do an experiment to get what I’m trying to say. Tomorrow while out and about watch everyone around you when stopped. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a stop sign, left turn @ a red light, straight @ a red light, or any other stop. You will be able to count on one hand all day the number of people who sit still until their turn to go. That’s what I mean by not trusting the moving wheels. There will be moving wheels at every red light, sign, etc. Since they are all moving, you gotta think they are all out to get you (as I’ve seen in a few of your posts).
    Honestly, I wasn’t saying you are wrong. I guess it kind of looks that way but I’m not.
    I plan on being at the Feb. meeting to join up. Will introduce myself and if what I’m saying still isn’t clear will explain it in person. I do that much better than writing.

  11. OK, Charlie. I look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy the meeting. You don’t need to explain yourself. I’m sure we all agree that constant vigilance is what is going to keep us alive. Glad to have you contributing to the blog and hope you enjoy the chili cook-off.

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