After riding suburbia for 8 months, I have learnt to classify three types of risky drivers.
1. The Taxi. They get close but my hope is they are professional enough not to hit me.
2. The ‘P’ plater: Provisional drivers have no concept of how close they are, it worries me.
3. The Soccer Mums car: Do you have a car shaped like this or bigger and higher?
To me they don’t belong in the city. Many drivers of these type of vehicles think they are invincible, they think they own the road, they are always in a hurry, they often come too close and they rarely show patience. These drivers are by far the worst on the roads (in my opinion) and are my biggest risk.
Anyhow, that’s enough venting. Overall, I think drivers are pretty good and I am usually treated with respect as I ride.
But they will never be perfect so sometimes it’s up to us to fill the gaps of their mistakes.
Today, I realised a safety tip about being in traffic that I felt compelled to share. Check the animation below. It may be the 1% difference between being on a bike or in an ambulance….
The 1%, it’s a theme I will talk about another day but today, it’s not about an idiot driver, it’s about what’s not in the front of a driver’s mind, and that is you. By thinking ahead, riding defensively and being prepared, the result is if they make a mistake (and they will), you are ready to react and move on.
The road, it takes you places – just make sure you do your best to get there safely.