Originally Posted by slowpoke Gee17
Outstanding comments from all on this thread. My 0.02 cents. Some lady crossed over solid double yellow lines on the freeway without looking and struck a brother motorcyclist. A nurse stopped to help and determined that he needed CPR. I took over compressions and felt the ribs cracking. Took me by surprise! The brother was pronounced at the hospital. The cracking if the ribs kind if freaked me out until a friend who had been a paramedic told me that rib cracking happens quite often. Don't freak out if you feel this crack. You need to keep supplying the heart with fresh blood. Hopefully you'll never have to do it. Be safe brothers and sisters.
Coming out of the car pool lane? People do that quite often. Anytime you are next to the fast lane or car pool lane, gotta be super-alert. Don't hang there. I ride tons of freeway, rarely have incursions now due to a few things I started practicing.
-Visibility, I wear an Alpinestars yellow visibility vest. Bright as all get-out. Makes a big difference.
-Never stay in the danger zone, stay out of blind spots.
-Never linger in the #2 lane especially if it's near where freeways split up or merge.
-Don't just ride along at the flow of traffic; speed up and slow down so you'll get noticed, doesn't take much but this happens normally when you're seeking the most safe position among traffic. Basically don't just trundle along.
-Shifting from right to left tire track to keep a buffer between you and whichever side is the biggest threat can buy you time to react to an incursion. Often I put my front tire right on the painted line if nothing is adjacent to maximize my safety zone.
-If some clown is on your ass in the car pool lane, rather than make a race of it, just move over so you don't get crunched. Yep I know it means cutting the double-yellow but being rear-ended by some assclown is worse than having to explain to the officer why you did it.
-No matter what kind of bike you are on (except maybe a Harley) any racy type bike will always attract a few dickheads that think you are there for their racing entertainment. They are hardly at risk in a "cage" and will often drive like a nut to get ahead. As soon as I see this type I ease over and let them go on ahead. They slow down as soon as they get by. Don't play games. Women drivers are usually the worst about this BTW, normally it's a about a 23-year-old girl with her first Corolla S trying to prove something. Male drivers are a lot better at this, they have better reactions and instincts so usually have fewer incidents, and they don't get nearly as angry if they get smoked. Girls make it personal and are crappy drivers to boot, so stay away from that shit.