Bad parking leads to near miss?

So on my way home form work today (Wed, April 17th 2013) a car pulled out in front of me.

A lady driver, who had parked on the ‘wrong’ side of the road (no law against it! – well, I think there is, but only after dark!) so that when she then went to pull away, her view of the oncoming traffic that she was pulling into was obscured because of the other parked cars, and because she was on the ‘wrong’ side of the car to get a good view.

Now, she did stop, and I had no problems stopping in time, despite the wet conditions, and she was apologetic, but I do have to ask, why did she not see me sooner? I couldn’t have ridden any further out in my lane without being on the wrong side of the road. I wasn’t speeding. I was wearing high viz clothing. I have a very bright headlamp. Did she simply not see me coming? Was she giving more attention to what may have been coming from behind??

I don’t know, and at the end of the day there was no accident, no one hurt, no damage done, but can either of us learn a lesson?

I’d say, the biggest lesson is, wherever possible, NEVER park your car on the wrong side of the road, and never, EVER, park it like that on a busy road – you are deliberately putting yourself in a difficult position right from the outset.

And there you have my thoughts, now make your own mind up 🙂

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