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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2006, 12:51 pm Thread Starter
 
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Does riding a bike make you a better car driver?

I believe it does. When I am on my bike, I am always watching cars around me and thinking what I would do if that car came in my lane or pulled in front of me,etc... I find myself doing the same in my car. Has there been any studies on this?

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2006, 1:10 pm
 
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I don't know about any scientific studies, but I don't think you'll find a rider that doesn't agree with you.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2006, 1:12 pm
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Yes, the level of awareness employed on the bike carries over to the cage, IMHO.

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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 2006, 1:54 pm
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I have to agree.

Although I do occassionally face a small problem since I drive my car so little. When biking here in Spain we lane split most of the time and I often find myself "shooting for the gap" in the car before I realise that I'm in a cage and it ain't gonna fit between the Renault and the school bus.

No fender benders yet, but it does require my attention from time to time.
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oh yeaaaaaa....but it still sucks driving a car.......hard not to doze...takes forever to get anywhere.....but yes it makes a better driver out of you
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I'd say I'm more aware of what other drivers are doing, but I've also found that keeping a big honking piece of steel in the middle of that tiny little lane requires a bit more attention that it seemed to before I started riding every day.
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I don't know if it makes you a better driver overall, but it sure the hell makes you much more aware of motorcyclists than the average schmuck driving with a cell phone to their ear.

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I don't know if it makes you a better driver overall, but it sure the hell makes you much more aware of motorcyclists than the average schmuck driving with a cell phone to their ear.
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You bet it does!
I just bought a Mazda MX-5. These things are just as hard to see as a bike.

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