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How To Be A More Polite Motorcyclist

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    By Jon Langston

    I’ve been cut off, stopped short, merged into. I’ve been turned in front of, acknowledged then ignored,...
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  1. Did I read that right, an article on politeness encouraging behaviour that purportedly scares other road users. I don't care I'll be polite if it suits me, much like the law safety comes first.

  2. It works all ways. Ever go through a roundabout and there is someone on the left, and you can't tell if they are looking? (are they coming, are they not?) Ever had a motorcyclist behind you, unable to overtake for a time, but looking for the opportunity? Indicate to them somehow that you are looking, even though you can track them out of the corner of your eyes. (yeah I know this is a driver perspective in a rider forum)

    Look at them, point your face at them. If you are in a car, you can "tell" a motorcyclist you are aware of them by moving your head to check your mirrors, or "adjusting" the mirror, even if they don't need adjusting. It may be helpful to roll down a window slightly. You may (depending on how loud it is) be better able to tell when the motorcyclist is making his move by the sound. - it's often a better guide than a small indicator light on the other side of the bike in the daytime.

    On the motorbike, pointing the head and "looking" at the "hanger" on the left at the roundabout, or to the right of you indicates to them that you see them and are concerned; obvious frequent head checks from a motorcyclist tell the driver that maybe they are getting nervous and are aware and concerned about relative positions. It is useful to pretend to be nervous. Try to keep speed smooth and constant when in the traffic - it's easy to forget on the motorbike the effectiveness of engine braking - there is no light to give it away.

    As rude as it gets from me when on the bike, is when someone nearly fails to stop or give way on my left, and I look and point directly at them. with a hand.

    Just a few thoughts from me.

    Motorcycle riders make better, more motorcycle aware drivers.
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  3. Giving them the NOD. ;-)
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