I'm taking the two day learner test next week. I'm really looking forward to it. The only problem at the moment is my missuz. She's really scared and trying pretty hard to talk me out of riding. It doesn't help when every other time I tell someone that I'm getting my L's they have worried reactions and tell a nasty story about a friend of a friend (these people have usually never ridden)... often within earshot of my wife... which always ends up in an emotional discussion/argument about how much of a risk I'm taking. If my wife actually asked me not to ride I would probably give in. But she hasn't quite gone that far yet. She'd feel too guilty I think. I also have to be pretty honest and say that I am a bit scared about riding on the roads, especially after hearing a lot of nasty stories and observing Melbourne's sub-standard drivers over the last few weeks. This is how I have tried to rationalise the risk: Yes motorcyclists are over-represented in road accidents. However, in the majority of accidents riders are either doing something stupid (i.e. excessive speed) or not taking appropriate steps to predict and avoid a collision. If I don't do anything stupid, and I learn to predict and avoid accidents, then my personal risk is greatly reduced. Am I being realistic? Is there any data that shows how one can reduce the chance of being involved in an accident? To what degree can a rider reduce the risk? Finally, from experience, how have people managed to put loved ones at ease about their riding? Is there anything you can say or show them? Or is it just a case of waiting for them to become used to it and letting them see how happy it makes you?