So a road rage thread yesterday has got me thinking about a few things. And I thought I would expand my ideas a little without going too off topic in the other thread. Basically there seems to be a trend that most riders experience a few instances of road rage while on their L and P plates. Many argue that this rage exists because the plates incite it. This is quite frankly bullshit. The L and P plates simply fail to give the message, “hey I’m new, give me some patience”. People on L and P plates get rage because they haven’t learnt basic consideration of other road users. And this is entirely understandable. When you weigh up learning how not to crash and how not delay someone by a few seconds you understand which skills you learn first. Now before I get started there are some of you who will jump up and down saying I’m not going to get bullied into riding in a manner I don’t want to because of arseholes. And I completely understand but if you are a coward like me you will do anything to stay out of the line of sight of psychopaths. When you are on the road you are interacting with many types of people who you would normally avoid contact with. I also think if everyone was a little more considerate of others the world would be a much nicer place and just because someone’s in a car doesn’t mean their time isn’t important. Also I might add that I’ve found myself honking at P plate cagers a few times in the last month and getting a little agro because they drove in an incompetent manner that held me up. I felt a little ashamed afterwards but those of you who know me will know that I’m a very timid character with no temper what so ever. So for me to do this, shows what a tinderbox of anger the road is and what to expect if you annoy the wrong person. So smilees rules to avoiding road rage: 1. Only filter if you are prepared to break a few road rules and accelerate fast. If you filter well people shouldn’t notice you. This means taking off fast and staying ahead of the traffic behind you. The number 1 way riders piss off drivers is to filter to the front then take their sweet time getting started. This removes all the benefits of filtering you are just pushing in if you do this. 2. Related to the above. The automatic wait time when the light changes, to watch out for red light runners is bullshit, don’t do it, especially if you’ve filtered to the front. Watch the other road, and indications for the light to change. You can make sure everything is safe before the light changes. 3. Keep left unless over taking. People hate it, I hate it. I’m going GST down the freeway and there is some clown doing 5 under the limit in the right lane. It is not cool. This includes all roads and not just freeways. 4. Don’t ride straights under the speed limit, there are very few reasons to do it and on your first ride after the stay upright course you should be more than capable of maintaining the speed limit. 5. Learn to judge gaps that you can pass through at intersections as fast as you can. You really don’t realise how stupidly large the gaps you wait for now are. 6. Mirrors, use them a lot. If there is someone in them pay special attention to rule 2- 5. 7. If someone honks you don’t give em the finger. It’s hard I know but if you get pissed off at someone getting pissed off at you it’s going to get nasty. But why bikes seem to cop worse road rage than others is because of filtering. If you are not prepared to abide by rules 2 to 7 then don’t filter. If you filter you should be invisible.