Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 273 - Turn Signals


You see that picture up there? Do you know what it is?

That's right, a turn signal. That answer alone puts you above half of the "drivers" with whom I was sharing the roads in and around Indianapolis.

When you're on a motorcycle, you notice these things. You aren't talking on your phone, texting, or reading, or putting on make-up... unlike the "drivers" with whom I was sharing the road this afternoon.

No, when you're on a motorcycle, you are, and this will be a new term for some of you, "paying attention".

You notice things like when people turn without a signal, because you were expecting them to go straight.

You also notice when people turn without a signal, abruptly, into your lane. You notice this because you think you're going to die.

Turn Signal: It's the little stick sticking out from the left side of the steering column.

Steering column: The post that the steering wheel is attached to.

Steering wheel: What you use your knee to steer the car with because you can't put down your phone or your coffee.

Whether you're in a car, on a bike, or running, assume the driver doesn't see you, and even if he does, is not terribly concerned about you.

We're on our own out there folks.

Good running,
Doug

Numbers: 1.4 conservative miles, a rest-mile day.