It's the sound of the police

So who’s in the wrong – the bike or car?

In Motorcycle Safety, News & Events by Julian2 Comments

OK so this video has been all over social media in the past few days, stirring up all kinds of righteous indignation from apparently horrified bike riders.  But is this situation as simple as just the car driver being out of order and the motorcyclist being a saint? We think not.

Our man Julian is also a CBT instructor, teaching new riders what to do and what not to do on a motorcycle, and watching the film it’s clear the rider did little to help himself in this situation.

“First off, the rider is sitting in the outside of two lanes despite not actually planning to overtake. Generally the default position should be the inside lane on a dual carriageway.  Maybe that’s being picky, but he’s going a lot slower than the truck ahead.

“As the road is heading towards a merging point that the rider clearly knows about, a simple ‘lifesaver’ check to his inside would have alerted him to the presence of the car.  This check is drummed into new riders as it can genuinely save their life, but the rider clearly has long since forgotten this …

“Once the rider is aware of the potential problem with the car, he does not take any action to avoid confrontation, in fact he positively encourages the altercation, berating the single woman through her window, mere inches away fro the moving vehicle.

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    “Aside the obvious point that there is no driving manual in the world that would encourage this, would he have done the same to a car load of tattooed construction workers? Did he know the woman wouldn’t panic, causing her to knock him off? Did he know that she wouldn’t just swing the car into him to teach him a lesson, just as he thought he was doing to her? The answer is no to every question.

    Would the rider have done the same to a car load of tattooed construction workers? The answer is no

    “Even when the rider goes to involve the police, he fails to do the basic checks behind him to keep himself safe or ride sensibly. He turns without checking behind, heads back onto the road without checking and then pursues the police car, clearly breaking the speed limit. Nothing in what is shown here indicates a good bike rider.”

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    Bad driving is bad driving, and both the car driver and the bike rider are guilty here. The difference is that proper motorcycle riding teaches riders to drive defensively, anticipate problems and avoid confrontations. If you ignore these basic rules, don’t be surprised if you have a bad day…..

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    1. I can only guess you are british, because that’s not how things work in the states. There is no left/right lane thing in town.

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        Thanks for the feedback Tom – we are British but our research suggests that although lane discipline varies per state, in general the outer lane is for faster moving traffic. Either way we did say that his lane selection was being picky as the main issue was the guy provoking an argument when he didn’t need to, riding unsafely. and then thinking it’s OK to bully single women in cars. It isn’t in our view

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