...are there more lunatic drivers on the road today than usual? This afternoon I headed up Burwood Hwy for a short ride round the hills. Over the past few months of riding I haven't really come across that many idiots in cages, but today... Example 1 I'm at the head of the traffic at a red light at the corner of Burwood Hwy and Dorset Rd, heading into Ferntree Gully. There's been a red arrow for oncoming cars turning right into Dorset Rd, now we get a green light and accelerate into the intersection - hang on! An oncoming 4wd towing a horse float (complete with horse) ignores the red arrow and hangs a right hand turn across 3 lanes of traffic (including me) and shoots up Dorset Rd. We all have to hit the brakes, and for once I'm pleased the Across isn't exactly a rocket off the mark. The passenger in the 4wd looks like she's in a state of shock - as she should be. The red light camera shot should be a beauty. Example 2 A short while later I'm dawdling through Sassafras, keeping a careful eye out for cars swinging in and out of parking spots, and pedestrians in a Devonshire tea-inspired stupor. The Mountain Hwy comes in from the left at a T-junction. There's a Ford Focus there waiting to turn left; I'm approaching from his right. And out he pulls into my path...quite slowly, so I've time to get right up by the centre line and out of harm's way. At the last second he sees me, props, and the car behind him duly runs up his arse. I cruise past him and head serenely up the hill... Example 3 On my way home, I decide to head down the Mountain Hwy. A Suzuki 4wd is stationary on my right, waiting to turn out of a driveway into the road in the same direction I'm heading. I see him pull out. Looks like he's going to stop at the centreline, then continue the turn after I've passed him. I've got eye contact with his passenger. Shit, he's not stopping, he's turning into me. I hit the throttle and just make it past his left front corner before he shuts the door completely. Is it a full moon or something? What on earth's going on???!!!