If you don't know emergency countersteering... find out! This is particularly addressed to L-platers. In Vic not all Ls courses teach it - you have to wait 'til doing your licence test. Yesterday I was reminded of how critical it is to have this skill, paricularly commuting. If you don't know it, you can't dodge quickly. I was in my car (I've been a cager recently) and, although I'm used to people making dangerous manouvers, yesterday's would have had me doing a Superman or splat for sure (if I was riding and hadn't countersteered). I was going at 60km/hr in the left lane, had just crossed the intersection when the woman in the slip lane pulled out right in front of me trying to cross to the right lane (2 lane road). I swerved fully into the right lane, then immediately back to avoid smashing into the right turning cars ahead in that lane. The woman must have woken up and slammed on her brakes, coz she should have hit my rear. If I was on a bike, she might not have seen me even with the swerve, which could have been bad too, but in the situation I had about 2m to brake. Not a great situation for a motorcyclist regardless of skill, but MUCH better knowing how to countersteer. So, if you don't know how to countersteer or aren't confident you could do it aggressively in an emergency situation, please get someone to take you to a car park and show you. Mentors are great at this stuff Mentors/Tutors to help newer riders or, pipe up in this thread and maybe someone experienced in your area could help.