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Steve Farrell  says:

Two-thirds of riders report ‘smidsy’ incidents

More than two thirds of motorcyclists have had a near miss in the last six months resulting from another road user failing to look.   Sixty-nine percent of motorcyclists said they had experienced at least once ‘smidsy’ accident, so called because of offending drivers’ tendency to say: “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you.” Of those, 86% had to take evasive action...

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May 10

Posts: 7

richardmh says:

the other 31% don't ride on the road or are British drivers better than our in Australia?

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Feb 10

Posts: 196

wesley01 says:


I thought it would be more, over here as the standards of car drivers is shocking to say the least, traffic cops are only obsessed with the speed limit not policing bad driving as I have rarely if ever seen someone pulled for bad driving and having a fat chat on the phone.

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Feb 08

Posts: 817

Andy949494 says:

Me too...

I was driving a huge volvo horse box (3.5 ton with lights on) this weekend and a car came quickly up to the junction and carried onto my road. They didn't even try and look  my way and I could see clearly they were on the phone. Fortunately I was driving very defensively so they only got a fright (and I prefer not to use my horn with livestock in)...


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Jun 09

Posts: 194

Pads1982 says:

More like

an 86% chance of one happening on a daily basis on the way to work

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Aug 02

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Hedgehog5 says:

I'd say 2 thirds of all motorists have had a SMIDSY in the last 6 months regardless of the type of vehicle they drive... the standard of driving has dropped so low & there are so many distracted drivers it'd be interesting to see how many HGV drivers have had to take avoiding action because of people failing to see them or take account of their presence... what chance do we have?

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Mar 12

Posts: 1

OldLooney says:

Its not just motorcyclists that this happen's to. I driive & ride, and what ever your driving or riding, or what colour your clothing, or lights on or off, there will always be some dickhead pull out in front of you. Its bad driving that is the problem and the police need to be having a word with these people instead of turning a blind eye

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Aug 02

Posts: 176

sack1 says:

We all see it. Drivers distracted by "info-tainment" systems in their cars and having cell phones pasted to their ears blabbing away. That overall distraction has got to lead to inattentiveness while driving. Just because the technology exists doesn't mean other's lives must be put at risk. We have seen some progressive laws enacted here in the States aimed at curbing cellphone usage while on the road. Some of it being hands-free legislation where a phone cannot be held to one's ear but can be held down away and lower, (That one seems more dangerous in taking people's eyes off the road) to no phone usage while driving at all. But law enforcement is overtaxed as it is and people find ways around these laws. Until something effective comes about all we riders can do is watch out for the other guy because they aren't always watching for you!

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Dec 09

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supermario says:

Was involved in a smidsy not too long ago

A lady parked in a bus stop, pulled out to do a u turn without looking or indicating. I was upfront, saw what was about to happen and managed to pull it up with inches to spare. Unfortunately the my mate riding behind me was briefly unsighted, slammed on the brakes and lowsided into the car. Police turned up, and really couldn't care less about what had happened, and seemed more concerned with the shocked lady driver, than with my injured mate with a smashed bike. He didn't even reprimand her until I insisted!

Assume every car driver is a blithering idiot, until proven otherwise. Its the only way.

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Oct 10

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Cyclonite says:

Smidsy you say?

I have to take evasive maneuvers around least once a month. I got ran completely off the road by a post van when I was overtaking him. I commute every day wearing a high vis vest, lights on and at the time i was on a noisy as f**k SV (I dont think the can was legal) Anyway that was the most extreme manouver that didn't result from or in a crash.

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Oct 11

Posts: 87


Like the IAM Geezer said "Other road users’ intentions can often be guessed by their body language and position on the road, so ride defensively, and leave room so that if somebody does do something unexpected, you have time to deal with it".

Look at the other road users eyes, you can normally tell if you have been seen.

A lot of drivers think that because they are on the main road that is where the responsibility for their own safety ends.

If you aren't sure you have been seen slow down. It's no good shouting "I had the right of way" from your hospital bed or coffin.

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