We’ve all seen examples of drivers who don’t square their turns, instead making left turns that are too tight and cut well into the oncoming driving lanes, making you glad there’s nobody approaching to make their own left turns.
Here’s a video showing one of the worst-case scenarios for why this is such a dangerous driving habit. It’s footage that shows a stationary bicyclist being mowed down head-on from an onrushing white Buick Rendezvous. It’s stomach-churning and, as a fair warning, features coarse language. Thankfully, the bicyclist who uploaded the video said he was “ok, just some scrapes, nothing more.”
The footage shows him approaching a red light at an intersection and gliding to a stop in the left turn lane. Shortly afterward, the Buick enters the frame, making a left turn toward the cyclist. Only it quickly becomes apparent that the driver is headed straight for him, in the opposite turn lane on the wrong side of the double-yellow line. He sounds an air horn, to no avail. The woman at the wheel appears to speed up into the turn and strikes him head-on, upending him and the video camera.
Immediately, the cyclist, whose name is Doug Reynolds, starts wailing. The woman gets out and apologizes, saying she didn’t see him, and calls 9-1-1.