Advice from niece... please wear a helmet!

Discussion in 'Helmet Discussions' started by MontyVeda, 27 Jul 2015.

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  1. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    My niece, who i am very close to practically begged me to wear a helmet whilst cycling.

    Why? Because she'd recently right hooked a cyclist and thus decided that cycling is dangerous!

    Of course the right hook wasn't her fault because the cyclist wasn't wearing high-vis or a helmet, and didn't have lights on his bike at 9.30pm... oh, and he was in her blind spot.

    When i pointed out that the lack of high vis or a helmet had nothing to do with it, and that 9.30pm in mid summer is broad daylight... and that he wouldn't have been in her blind sport when she drove past him just before the right hook, all she could think of was "Please wear a helmet uncle monty... i worry about you!"

    "Please pay attention when you're driving... because that's going to make me a hell of a lot safer than a helmet!"
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  2. w00hoo_kent

    w00hoo_kent One of the 64K

    So, at no point during the conversation did she admit responsibility for her actions? That is pretty scary. I guess all you can hope is that you don't find yourself sharing road with her.
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  3. OP

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    Humans do have a habit of convincing themselves that they're not at fault. I think I gave her something to think about.

    edit... I'd also like to add that the cyclist was relatively unharmed and rode off after the incident, and my niece did report it to the police the same day.
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  4. Phil Fouracre

    Phil Fouracre Senior Member

    Perhaps you should suggest that a better way to improve your cycling safety is if she retakes her test :-)
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  5. Tell her that you'll agree to wear a lid if she agrees to txt you every day with the colour of the last 10 bikes she drove past along with a note of whether the rider was a man or a women.

    May help to increase her cycle awareness. Mistakes happen at least she realised and, by the sounds of it, felt some guilt/ responsibility.
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  6. OP

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    I believe that the driving test should be re-taken every five years... but that too impractical, unfortunately.
  7. Phil Fouracre

    Phil Fouracre Senior Member

    i agree with you about retaking tests, if not five, then why not ten years? I never quite understand why there is such a problem with using retests and a sliding scale of loss of licence as a penalty for poor driving. I know people treat being able to drive as an inalienable right, but, in so many cases they really shouldn't be allowed to. I read on one forum a while ago that you should have sympathy for drivers as 'it was so difficult to do'! Sorry if that's the case, and you really find it that difficult then you shouldn't be doing it.
  8. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guest

    But get her to wait until she's parked before she sends the txt.
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  9. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    It's a good example to bear in mind if you ever doubt that every other road user is trying to kill you.

    I had a cyclist cut me up on a roundabout couple of days ago. Dodged him easily, but he was clearly making an attempt on my life.
  10. You would give he much more to think about if you introduced her to the Institute of Advanced Motorists or RoSPA Roadar and did something about her level of driving.
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  11. w00hoo_kent

    w00hoo_kent One of the 64K

    You could suggest she gives riding a bike a try. Tell her she's fine to wear a helmet if she wants to.
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  12. coffeejo

    coffeejo Ælfrēd

    West Somerset
    That's a bit sensible for this time of the morning.
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  13. Profpointy

    Profpointy Guru

    yebbutt don't IAM teach you to be in the wrong gear and avoid using indicators where possible as it saves the batteries
  14. w00hoo_kent

    w00hoo_kent One of the 64K

    They can be a bit one true way. When I did it 10+ years ago they seemed to have lost the love of driving to become a conveyor belt for certificates. From what I've heard RoSPA are the tougher option.
  15. RoSPA are much tougher. I have held the Gold certificate for RoSPA for 23 years and you retest every 3 years if you get Gold or Silver (Grade I or II) and every year for Bronze. They are also much stricter as well. IAM is a one off, but it is a good place to start (or at least was 23 years ago). I have been an observer/tutor/whatever they are calling us this week for both, note the past tense. I quit 4 years ago on the teaching it voluntarily side of things.
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