pjclinch wrote:(This is all connected to why, whenever reasonably possible, eye contact is a key point in negotiating your space on the road with drivers, though that's a bit of a moot point wondering if the person zooming round the blind bend will see you in time)
I agree eye contact is a good thing. But it's remarkable how even with it you can still be endangered.
I was T-boned years ago by a driver from a side road I thought I'd established eye contact with- he was turning right onto the main road I was on. It was a sunny morning, I'm 6'4 and was wearing a bright purple top. I've no idea why he accelerated straight at me; I think he was so focussed on getting across the road as fast as possible he registered me briefly but then went to "isthereacaristhereacaristhereacar" in his head.
Just yesterday I was going straight on at a roundabout and a driver in a Range Rover went straight over from the left at some speed. She'd have killed me if I hadn't done an emergency stop. She stared right at me as she drove. I think her brain just registered "insignificant pleb who doesn't matter to me and will get out of my way"
I like daytime lights when it's raining, foggy, or low sun. I've no idea if they make me safer, but they make me feel safer, which helps my mental well being. I'm deeply sceptical that my using them makes other cyclists not using them less safe, which is often argued.