Couldn't agree more. Create a safe space. Best way to use 718 on public roads!Huh ... imagine that. That's how I drive ALL the time!
(No, really: There's a point to it.)
In my younger motorcycling days, I perfected beliefs and habits I developed even before I began to drive on public roads that I learned from two sources in my early teens:
You quickly learn two important rules:
- German sportbikers and car nuts (a ringleader lived across the street from me)
- Cycling on European roads -- not on bike trails, but the actual roads between towns
I accelerate -- and, at times, brake -- to get into more space. That's the cardinal rule of safe vehicle operation to me. I can't tell you how many times -- as a cyclist, motorcyclist, and driver -- I've seen traffic behind me blow up. I very rarely have seen it do that in front of me -- and when I have, I've had a place to move into to avoid it (thankfully). Anticipation and bet-hedging is the name of the game. I describe it as 'defensive aggressiveness' to others. Most think I'm nuts. But I never crashed a motorcycle on a public road and have had exactly one minor accident since age 18 (I'll be 50 next month) for a reason, and it ain't being passive -- even amongst the 'morons', LOL. ;D
- The safest place is in front of others.
- The more space around you to be able to move into in an emergency, the better.