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Stand Clear!

“Anything?”

“No. Keep trying.”

“It’s charging.”

“There’s no output.”

“It’ll work. Keep going.”

“Okay, stand clear.”

<Clunk clunk clunk>

“Okay, it’s charging again.”

“There’s still no output.”

“Are those contacts on properly?”

“I’ll do them again, two secs.”

“Anything?”

“No.”

“How’s that?”

“We have something! Try again.”

“Okay, charging… Stand clear.”

<Clunk clunk clunk>

“Again. Stand clear.”

<Clunk clunk… Brrrrrrrrrrrrr>

“It’s alive!”

When we got to our vehicle, it was dead, the battery completely flat. Cue much fiddling with a boost starter, trying to jump-start this huge truck, and many attempts to start the engine.  After about six goes we noticed there was a load of rubbish around the battery contacts, and so I had a play, trying to get a decent contact. It started straight away the next time.

We joked about having to defibrillate the bus for the rest of the night, to the general amusement of the first aid post staff.

Yes, we’re sad…

Drive Safe

I have just seen this on The Happy Medic’s blog.

I’ll warn you now, it does not make easy watching. That said, I agree with some of the commenters on Happy’s post. I think this is essential viewing for everyone on the road.

I have been hit by cars twice while cycling.

Once a driver pulled out in to me. I was directly in front of the driver when they pulled out. They told me they hadn’t seen me, I don’t know how. Thankfully me, my bike and the car were all fine. It was the lowest of low-speed impacts.

The second time, a driver thought it would be funny to slide past me as closely as possible. He misjudged. Luckily, I only had minor injuries, and my bike was fine. I suspect he got some expensive damage to the side of his car.

Once I hit a bus. He pulled out in front of me. I put an impressive dent in the side of his vehicle, wrote off my helmet, and got away with some grazes and a sore head for a week.

I know people who have dealt with road incidents. I have dealt with a car vs bike, thankfully without serious consequences. I hope I never have to deal with anything remotely like what this video shows.

I know I’ve been lucky. I try to be a cautious cyclist. The few times I’ve been behind the wheel of a car, I’m even more so. Hopefully this’ll help do something to protect me from the idiots out there. I just hope that more people out there will do the same.

Wherever you are, however you travel, go safe.

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