Riding tips from a newbie no.1
Use the traffic to block for you.Q: When do bikers get taken out? A: When cars pull out in front of us at junctions. AKA the SMIDSY (Sorry mate I didn't see you). A potential solution that I've found myself using in multi lane traffic junctions is to adjust my speed and position so that other traffic screens me from vehicles waiting to pull out. If the blind gits can't see me coming, well maybe, they can see the van next to me. Of course this tactic brings its own risks: what if the vehicle next to you decides to move into your lane? A risk worth running I feel if you're alert, I've dodged enough cagers changing lane without looking/indicating (yes I mean you BMW drivers) to know I can get out of the way pretty rapidly.
I find that not riding through traffic at high speed, under the misguided impression that I'm invincible helps the myopic cagers spot me in time.
Yeah that's a good starting point for getting through junctions intact but it's the ones that stare straight at you, somehow fail to see you and then pull out when they're inside your braking distance that worry me. I'm therefore trying to develop more survival techniques.
Survival tip No. 1: Get a car.
Cars are boring...
I'm with Mick on this one. Stick to your lane but position yourself away from the junction (ie approaching junction on left, move to right) and slow down. Big tip is to make eye contact, catching their eye works 99.9% of the time. You know they've seen you and they know you've seen them.Stay safe.
I do agree with you guys but surely you've had the moment where they look right at you and pull out anyway? I'm just saying it's an extra survival idea to add to the repetoire...
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