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Shoulder Checks are EVERYTHING

Updated: 2 hours ago

Just like in contact sports, shoulder checks are everything!

Would you come out of the corner with the puck without checking over your shoulder? Of course you wouldn’t, because you would get smoked by another player!

The one thing new drivers fear most is shoulder checks, because they involve turning your head while holding the steering wheel in its current position and while moving forward, which is not natural for your brain. Make sure to only turn your head, not your whole body in order to avoid turning the steering wheel in the direction of your shoulder check.

Shoulder Checks and Vulnerable Road Users

Purcells Cove Road propane truck crash kills 49-year-old cyclist


Cyclist Post

“I want to pass a good experience this evening. I was on almond street heading home from the Chain of lake trail. It was around 4 pm. A black truck pick up with a gentleman was driving . He was behind me I was trying to ride pretty fast not to hold him up. We got to shopper’s I was going straight he was turning. He never tried to pass me a few did close but not him. When we were both at the light I said thanks so much for staying back and not trying to pass in tight spots. He said my safety was more important than that . My heart warmed when he said that I thank him. What a great guy.”


Check Yourself Before You Make Your Move

Cyclists really appreciate it when drivers check their right shoulder before making a turn. Remember that cyclists ride as fast as cars sometimes so you could have one in your passenger side blind spot as you slow down to turn right. One of my students is a cyclist. He told me on his first lesson that he didn’t understand the point of shoulder checks. Then, he was nearly run over by a driver who didn't check their right shoulder. On the very next lesson he said “I understand shoulder checks now”.

Shoulder check like someone's life depends on it. 👁️

Big trucks will sometimes be fitted with wheel guards so that if a truck turns and hits a cyclist, they don’t end up under the wheels of the truck.

This is why you have to shoulder check. People will always find ways to get in your blind spot and most times illegally.

Bad Drivers 2022 (most of these crashes are due to drivers not shoulder checking)

If you aren’t sure why shoulder checks are important, then you should go to YouTube and look at videos of motorcycle riders and cyclists. They shoulder check religiously so that they always know what hazards are around them. Motorcyclists and cyclists spend most of their time on the road avoiding drivers who don’t shoulder check, and their heads are constantly moving; “Head on a swivel” as they say.

Motorcyclists know better than anyone, how important it is to shoulder check.

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