It doesn’t matter where you’re from, that message holds true, but today I’ll be speaking directly in relation to the little darlings that we encountered on the trip home from Essex the other day.
Dear UK Motorcyclists:
Follow the rules of the road. No, seriously. You do yourselves no favours when you are WEAVING between cars, lanes, each other, the ditch on the side, oncoming traffic, etc. al. No one, I repeat, NO ONE, can see you when you’re driving on the white-lines in-between lanes. Why? Because, in most cars, THAT’S WHERE THE BLIND SPOT IS; that’s why people are supposed to be extra cautious when they change lanes – that blind spot can hide dangers.
And you knuckleheads are driving in it, why? Because, for some reason, you seem to believe that the rules of the road don’t apply to you. Which makes no sense unless your credo is, literally, YOLO (See: You Only Live Once). FYI – that’s not a compliment. You’re going to get not just yourselves, but other people killed.
It’s a public road, with normal traffic, you guys are racing on it… whatever. Be considerate to other drivers. Driving as you were caused more accidents of your own making.
In the states there is a campaign called “Start Seeing Motorcyclists” and it paired with generally responsible bikers, it has helped a lot in reducing deaths and injuries of them on the road.
Once upon a time, when I was learning to drive my Moped-classed Scooter, I was required to take a Motorcycle safety course. I learned a lot of scary things as well as a lot of useful bits of advice.
“Always check your break-lines once you get back to your cycle,” I was told by a fellow student, “Sometimes people misdirect their hate for bad bikers onto others by cutting or disconnecting the breaks. Always, always, always check them – even if you haven’t been away long. It doesn’t take much and it could safe your life.”
The teacher, actually, gave me the advice I’m giving you now, he said, “Never, ever, drive into blind-spots, on shoulders or between cars unless failing to do so would risk the life of your or anyone else. Use defensive driving procedures, SIPDE, at all times – Search/Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute.”
You are a two-wheeled machine without any protection against the outside environment – drive like it.