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    Close call....

    Commuting home on Friday and a dickhead in a blue tradie ute deliberately tries to take me out.



    The video shows:

    • he's not indicating to change lanes
    • there's no opening in the lane to our left
    • the vehicle in front is not braking (therefore not an evasive measure)


    If I dropped my throttle hand down at the car's closest point, it would have rested on his fender.

    I encounter idiots on the road every day, but because I'm looking out for them, I have survived a number of years motorcycle commuting in Auckland and its motorways.

    Generally, the issue is carelessness on the part of the cager.

    But this one seemed to be deliberate.

    If anyone can decipher his rego I would be very pleased to pass it on to the Constabulary (along with the video evidence)...

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    Right at the start of your video you can see a huge sign indicating what lane people to need to be in for the next exit....
    This is usually where most people that suddenly realise oh fuck I’m in the wrong lane are going to make a rapid lane change possibly unindicated, RED FLAG #1

    Red Flag 2 is the twilight lighting conditions, many people’s eyes struggle at this changeover point some prob still got shades on and all he can prob see is lots of headlights in his mirror.

    Red Flag 3 is the age of the ute. A vehicle of this vintage cares not for a few minor low speed bumps and scrapes likely driven by someone on lower socioeconomic scale so likely lower education, less observant and more likely substance impaired...

    Red Flag 4 turn off your hazards official police advice as you just confuse other motorists. Did you consider that perhaps he only can see clearly your right indicator and thinks you or a car are going to pull in behind him making a gap....

    Red Flag 5 your speed differential is on the high side and the very constant speed says to me your overlyvrekaxed and not fully analysing each car your passing...

    You have no case at all, very much looks like your on right side of white line so your in HIS lane overtaking on left. Swallow it as a wake up call and move on. Police will likely ticket you $150 improper manoevoure.

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    Perhaps he was confused by a bike coming up behind him with its hazard lights on so turned to look over his shoulder to see what it was towing?

    Or sending a text, or eating a pie, or checking his make up.

    Like you said, shit happens all the time on a motorbike, I wouldn't get worked up about it.

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    Yeah here's my perspective, while the car on the left was level with the ute, there was space behind it, so he/she may have been moving early into that, Auckland drivers do tend to elbow their way around these days.

    So not a clearcut attempt to impede you would be my call. I doubt the police would be interested in following it up, and if you did involve them as mentioned they might decide it's easier just to ping you for (technically) undertaking cars in the same lane and using your hazards inappropriately.
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    It did look like he swerved a little to either scare or potentially graze you. But it's hard to tell.

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    Now this is what I call a close call!
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    Bloody truck drivers.

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    Riding with hazard lights on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laava View Post
    Now this is what I call a close call!
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-dai...taranaki-gorge
    I saw that. I've certainly ridden that bit of road a bit too enthusiastically over the years. Good job that it wasn't whenever that footage was taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerrrd View Post
    I doubt the police would be interested in following it up, and if you did involve them as mentioned they might decide it's easier just to ping you for (technically) undertaking cars in the same lane and using your hazards inappropriately.
    What he said ^^ is about all I saw.

    Differential speed is kinda hard to tell, as it looks faster on camera than it feels doing it.
    If the words I say offend you, imagine the ones I keep to myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laava View Post
    Now this is what I call a close call!
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-dai...taranaki-gorge
    Blimey! A shame someone didn't get the car's registration number. A good job the biker was well to the left of their lane.

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    a lost cause

    The reflection on the plate makes it a challenge to see it clearly. The vehicle is distinct though, so keep an eye out for it in future. This should be an example to riders who go 80 while lane splitting that this random BS happens.

    There's a view that you shouldn't attribute something to malice that you can attribute to incompetence. If he was intending on hitting you, he wouldn't get far in rush hour traffic, and he'd have to be looking in his mirrors to see you coming.

    As other people have said, he was probably pushing into the left lane. Some people just seem totally random with their lane changes and he probably didn't even think a bike could be coming up the middle - even if you were flashing your lights - some drivers don't even notice emergency vehicles lights and sirens.

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    eek cghanging lanes

    Quote Originally Posted by johcar View Post
    Commuting home on Friday and a dickhead in a blue tradie ute deliberately tries to take me out.



    If anyone can decipher his rego I would be very pleased to pass it on to the Constabulary (along with the video evidence)...

    You are lane splitting a lot faster than I figure I safely would. Just saying.
    In my opinion there should be a law against changing lanes continually on motorways, whether in a car or a motorbike.
    I rarely use the motorways, but when I do I am amazed at what I call fn idiots in cars swerving in and out of lanes trying to get a few cars further up the road, like it was game of dodgems.
    You should only really change lane to get to an off ramp IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
    You should only really change lane to get to an off ramp IMHO.
    It's good to see someone of your advanced years is able to adapt and cope to using a computer, well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
    I rarely use the motorways...
    Thank god for that.

    There are a number of reasons to necessitate slightly more frequent lane changes. Putting distance between you and a high risk feral, inattentive or accident imminent driver. The biggest one of all though is avoiding the brake pedal dancer who frequent cries wolf without their brake lights....

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