Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pop Quiz!

pic via Boston Biker

So you've just successfully parallel parked. I'm proud of you. No, it's true, I am. We've been working on this for so long. Now that we have the parking down we need to discuss the safe way to exit a car. For today we'll just go with a single, multiple-choice question.

Q. You've successfully parallel parked your car. The safest procedure to exit the car is?

1. Tuck your cell phone under your ear while telling your girlfriend what that new, cute guy you're dating asked you to do last night. Grab dangle your keys in your left hand. With your right hand grab your purse, the two DSW bags and the bag with the boots from Aldo that were just so cute. Pull the car door handle while kicking the door open with your left foot and hop out while telling your girlfriend you agreed to do it for him but just this one time.


2. Turn off your phone - because, you know, you're not supposed to be talking on a phone while driving any way, and put it in your purse. Gather your bags and purse in your lap. Look over your left shoulder. Don't just glance! Actually look over your shoulder and identify any dangers. These could include, but are not limited to moving vehicles that are close to your car. Make sure you have space! Bicycles are moving anywhere from 10 to 30 miles per hour. Cars swerve into bike lanes. Trust me, they swerve into bike lanes. Once you are sure it is safe quickly exit the car, shut the door, and get out of the way of traffic.

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