Slowing Down Won’t Kill You

A public education video campaign that the TAC (Transport Accident Commission) in running in Australia has provoked negative reactions from a lot of motorcyclists.. If it’s true that a rider can, in some circumstances, avoid a collision thanks to low speed, it remains that in this video, many noticed that the car driver didn’t stop at the intersection, didn’t try to avoid the collision with the motorcyclist. And he is never blamed for it… Tell me what you think. (speed is mentioned in km/h)

8 Responses to “Slowing Down Won’t Kill You”

  1. 1 Spikeman Mar 25th, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I was riding at 50 miles an hour. The legal limit. The distracted asshole who turned left in front of me was guilty of “VIOLATION OF RIGHT AWAY”. They got a ticket, I got an ambulance ride. New drivers and old drivers need to learn how to drive. Pay attention!

    Keep the rubber side down,

  2. 2 Mike Greenwald Mar 25th, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    The difference in speed is approximately 4 mph. Slow down from 41 mph to 37 mph.
    The government of Australia.continues to harass, disparage and belittle motorcyclists through their Public Service Propaganda..

  3. 3 Doc Robinson Mar 26th, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Yeah right the old “speed kills bull again”. The video claims that if the biker had been going 6 kms slower the accident would not have happened. I put it to you that if he was going another 6 kms FASTER he would have been through the intersection before the car got there! And what’s with the long back wheel lock up? Rider did not know how to brake obviously.

  4. 4 Mike Mar 26th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    The ad is fine. The police are merely trying to explain the common sense view that if you simply choose to drive at posted speed limits, you will be giving yourself just that few extra seconds of reaction time to avoid any mindless soccer moms pulling out in front of you. Idiots that speed down the road on their bikes 10 or 15 mph in excess of he posted limit most of the time have nobody but themselves to blame.

  5. 5 cafesportytc Mar 26th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Doc , I have to agree with the back wheel lockup , anyone who rides a sport bike hardly if EVER touches the back brake. Bagger riders on the other hand use it alot. The motorcycles C.O.G. is like a pendulum it swings back and forth depending on influences like speed, braking and lean. in a hard braking situation its close to 95% of the braking power can be used on the front wheel if you get what I’m trying to say.
    But in the end it pays to be honest with yourself, and only travel as fast as the conditions and your attention can allow. We’re all mortal…

  6. 6 BCinSoCal Mar 26th, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Drove back to San Diego from LA yesterday, was in lane 2 guys splitting the lane between 1 and 2 were were running 60 – 65 between traffic moving 15 – 40, of course mostly Japasakis maybe 1 in 10 were Harleys, I have been ridin 49″years and split lanes when ever needed. All it takes is one car not paying attention or switching lanes, and these clowns are down, it’s hard to feel compassion for those who bring it upon themselves. I have gotten into pissing matches on FB with some who maintain its always the cage drivers fault, granted many times it is. But too many ride with their head up their a**. I ride hard and fast, but pay attention, ’cause it’s my A** I’m concerned about.

  7. 7 Zipper Mar 27th, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Years ago when lane splitting was legal where I lived I would only do so if the traffic was stopped or moving very slowly. 15 to 20 mph was fast enough. As I was moving along between stopped cars I always wonder who was going to open their door and pour out left over coffee. I know it’s not much fun to ride paranoid, but if you don’t you will be sorry. Just the slightest contact with a car will send you on a ride you never imagined. ..Z

  8. 8 Kroeter Mar 27th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    There’s a ton of traffic and parked cars on that street. Don’t think I’d go fast enough there to lay a patch like that. Kudos to the stunt man, though!

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