Hello Everyone, just wondered what people thought was the correct position when approaching a hill crest that you cannot see over Some IAM people i know think you should be in the middle of your side of the road but i have read that you should be right over to the left in case somebody is overtaking coming towards you. Any thoughts would be welcome.
Would you fail the iam test and dsa test if you were in the wrong position
pingpongman wrote (see)
i have read that you should be right over to the left in case somebody is overtaking coming towards you. Any thoughts would be welcome.
In the last few years I've come over blind crests to see:
1) a car turning right across my path at a cross roads
2) a tractor stopped waiting to turn right in my lane
3) a car doing a U turn
4) an articulated lorry reversing into a driveway
5) a car overtaking a coach
6) two motorcycles overtaking another bike
7) a column of ramblers crossing the road from one footpath to another
Like any hazard you have to weigh up three things:
- what you CAN see
- what you CANNOT see
- what you can reasonably EXPECT to happen
How deep is the dip? Can you see the road beyond it? Are there any indications there might be a turning? Is it a rural area or is it in town?
Work out what MIGHT go wrong, then try to ask "how likely is it?"
If you're in the middle of a city, a pedestrian crossing the road, a parked car or someone turning at a junction or into a driveway is quite likely. If it's the middle of the country, then think about rural hazards like a tractor, animals or ramblers.
Then position accordingly.
There's no one answer that's right.
And you haven't forgotten that the key ingredient in dealing with a blind crest safety is SPEED, have you? Can you STOP if the road does turn out to be blocked? That's far more important than trying to double-guess which side of the road to ride!
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FJSRiDER. wrote (see)
pingpongman wrote (see)i have read that you should be right over to the left in case somebody is overtaking coming towards you. Any thoughts would be welcome.What if there is a car parked at the side of the road just over the crest?
A blind crest is only really a vertical blind bend.
Blind crests also tend to pinch width-wise (typically old bridges) which doesn't help. The v-strom is handy as you can very easily stand on the pegs to get a better view, though I wouldn't especially recommend that as a standard way of dealing with crests.
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