Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Formally Baltimore, Md.; Currently York, Pa.
Re: 50 Ways to Save Your Life
Here's one I don't think has been published yet, but I was just "re-introduced" to May 15th...
Pothole, dear/squirrel/"WTH Was That?" guts, or as in the case this week, tractor trailer re-tread where you can't safely swerve to avoid it... Don't Brake, ACCELERATE!!!
May sound crazy, but accelerating (or even maintaining speed) and keeping your balance steady can mean the difference between your head and the pavement! If you hit the brake, you almost always will go down if the obstruction is significant enough. You may blow your tire by accelerating over a pothole, but stay balanced and you'll have time afterwards to pull over and check the bike out. Better your tire than your skull. Same thing with animal guts. Better on your tires than your's joining their's.