Quote:As part of investigations into why there are so many crashes where cars pull out of junctions into oncoming m/cs. A police biker told me this when I was doing a Bikesafe course a couple of years back. Apparently, in several cases, the car driver said they could see the bike, but didn't think it was coming at the speed it was. This led to some studies where stationary people were asked to judge speed of a car and then a bike, both travelling at same speed. Consistently, the people thought the bike was going slower than the car. It was told to me as a safety point (i.e. I should expect people to perceive my speed wrongly, and should look out for that).Just out of curiosity, but what's the purpose of testing people's ability to correctly gauge m/c speeds? What brought that test/experiment on?
Quote:Possibly, but don't forget that plenty of bikers have deliberately fitted loud exhausts, so they sound like they're going a lot faster than they are. I passed a teen on a 50cc on the way to work this morning with a little scorpion pipe on. Sounded like apocalypse.Also, as an (ex-)motorcyclist I believe that almost anyone who drives a motorised vehicle can tell e.g. from the speed of gear changes or sound of an engine maybe not the speed a vehicle is travelling at but certainly whether it's adhering to the speed limit.
James Hatts wrote:Indeed, it's also amazing to see how people seek to interpret the picture to suit their own conclusion.I would really rather that people didn't indulge in speculation about what may or may not have happened in this sort of incident (and/or try to apportion blame).
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