As reported in the Salt Lake Tribune Obituaries, the Associated Press reports Amazon.com senior executive Joy Covey, age 50, was killed Wednesday, Sept 18, when a van turned in front of her while riding her bike, in San Mateo County, CA.
And this, following the loss of our own renowned wedding photographer, and veteran corrections officer Marvell Smith, age 40, who was killed in a horrible motorcycle accident in Riverton, when a large industrial truck lumbered out in front of him, earlier the same day. (Video on KSL; full story in the ‘Tribune.)
Honest to God, people! Can’t we start seeing these folks! Please don’t take your foot off the brake, until you’ve looked both ways.
But here’s an important tip: You can’t rely on your peripheral vision to see small objects like these approaching. You have to turn your head – and LOOK.
- From a driver’s vantage point – sitting high up in a truck – approaching 2-wheelers can simply disappear behind your blind spot. In fact, it can completely mask motorcycle sized objects – appearing in your lower left and lower right fields of view.
- And since most car seats are at least slightly reclined, though lower to the ground, drivers can still have their vision similarly compromised, by having their blind spot naturally positioned at just about the exact angle you might otherwise expect to see a motorcycle approaching from.
- There is only one sure fix for the problem, and that is to turn your head and LOOK – both ways – in the direction of approaching traffic, with your central vision. You’ll not only be able to see more motorcycles and bicycles – before you suddenly surprise each other – but this simple step will hopefully stop you from taking your foot off of the brake prematurely. (The same reason you should make complete stops at all stop signs and LOOK both ways at railroad crossings.
Also, don’t assume you can get away with pulling out, or turning in front of those 2-Wheeled vehicles, either. Please – yield to them, whenever you see one.