I drove to work today for the first time in two weeks. The weather was marginal, and I was running out of clean work clothes. In addition, we've got a customer review. It was time for the "Laundry Recovery Vehicle" to swing into action.
My first impression on driving roads I ride every day: I was amazed that I have little trouble. From the perspective of the Land Rover, the roads looked virtually unrideable. It gives me a little better understanding of some of the comments I read from news articles about crashes involving bicycles.
My second impression, upon reading comments about "The Wheels" post: Not nearly so amazing - when things are crowded, the motorists are even MORE eager not to get held up on a multi-lane road and they don't want to hit anything. They do the dance we all do - it's called "rules of the road and how we get along in traffic." What that means is they switch even earlier, except for the occasional dweeb. It's the same principle that causes everyone to switch early on a freeway to avoid a blocked lane. It just flows better that way. Mostly, they just get irritated at the dweeb who doesn't do the same and then wants back in at the last moment. Remember that if the dweeb honk (most dweebs don't) - he's still a dweeb, only now he's revealed himself as an unusually irritating and ignorant one because you're not a lane blockage, but traffic moving a bit slower than the rest of the pack. If you're not carfree, observe carefully the next time you drive. It also caused me to reflect on how repeated positive experience molds us.
Thanks to Doohickie & ChipSeal for a little added insight, Ride safe...
PS: Driving, I got to work 15 minutes later than normal and was reminded why one should be careful about leaving a sunroof even cracked open around these parts. Everything is dry now, however, and I don't think the seat stitching got wet.