Dear Drivers

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Most of you are god awful drivers.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect either. I used to be that invincible 18 year old with the Honda Civic zipping through traffic. I thought I was fucking GOD on the road. It wasn’t until I wrecked and obliterated my car July 3rd 2012 on the 60 West freeway, 10 ‘o clock at night. I hit a wall going 75 mph. I walked away alive with massive whiplash and a small chunk of my inner knee gouged off by a shrapnel. First responders told me I was lucky to be alive as the entire front end of the car was smashed beyond recognition of a vehicle.

It was then I realized that I wasn’t immortal. I could’ve died that night. Thankfully nobody was hurt, but myself. This all started because someone decided not to use their signal or look over their shoulder to see that another car was in their blind spot before changing lanes. It was also my own fault for panicking and losing control of the situation. I had intense anxiety issues for the next two years when it came to driving.

Even then I decided that I wanted to ride a motorcycle. Insane, I know, but I didn’t want my fear to stop me from doing things that I’ve always wanted to do. I haven’t been riding that long, 2 years, two months and 5 days to be exact. I started out as a passenger for two years before I got my own. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of being a more vigilant driver. Even in my two short years of riding I started to see that distracted/careless driving wasn’t just a problem, it’s an epidemic.

Your lack of attention to blind spots, use of indicators in your cars to change lanes is APPALLING, and that’s putting it nicely. I’ve also witnessed a new level of carelessness when it came to stop signs as many drivers nowadays just either roll or blow right through them and don’t even get me started on yielding intersections. While I do admit that it is also riders who ride too fast or too recklessly is also at fault but remember you are much bigger than us and much heavier- we go head to head, you’d kill us in an instant. Even if the rider is in the wrong, having one party try their best to keep vigilant is better than none. Worse case scenario if the incident is not preventable, at least someone was trying.

I’ve luckily befriended many cautious riders who preaches gear and safety first. We’re always tried to be the most aware when we’re on the road. We are also daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, grandfathers/mothers, brothers and sisters. We want to be able to go home at night as well. So please remember when you get in your car tonight, to look twice and be on the look out for us, you’re not the only ones on the road.

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