Having just got my L's & a bike last week I was keen to get out over the long weekend with less cars on the local roads. Planned on going out this morning while the roads were quiet when the wife decided she wanted to come as well. Loaded the kids into the car and followed me around for about 1 hour acting as a great buffer behind me. Managed to get comfortable at freeway speeds knowing I didn't have a car flying up behind me. In the afternoon decided to go out again up to Belgrave to ride around some fairly gentle corners. Wife followed again but when we got up there it looked like it was going to rain. Started to head back home and straight away down came the rain. It wasn't too heavy but enough to dampen the roads. Just took it easy and slowed down a bit more on the corners and roundabouts. There weren't a lot of places for overtaking and my wife stayed back a fair distance so to the cars following, it was her in the car going slow not me. Took a lot of pressure off me as I have only been riding for a week (about 200k's) and was not planning on riding in the rain or wet roads quite so soon. I guess what I am saying is to those starting out like me, if you can get a car to follow you it can really help with the confidence on the road. Wet roads weren't as nerve racking as I was expecting. Actually glad it rained while I was out with a follower. Wife's suggestion. This is now how we will have our "family day out". I take the bike. Wife takes the car and boys. Meet up at the park, Macca's for coffee, wherever. Al.