After a week on the road, today I had my first near miss. Heading down Canterbury Rd (city bound, from Mt Evelyn) in the right lane. Those who know the area will know that there is a stretch of road there where the left lane is double width and you can drive straight past parked cars without merging. Up ahead is a parked truck and just infront of me in the left lane is a ute. I'm thinking the ute has enough room to pass no worries, but I was wrong... he chucks on the indicator and starts moving across at the last minute. Trouble is he also slowed down a bit as he merged so that now he's right on top of me. I swerved as far right as I could and E-Braked. I locked up the rear for a moment but let go and reapplied, and stayed upright. Rather than coming to a complete stop I got back on the throttle once the ute was off again (does that still count as an emergency brake?). The ute only straddled both lanes for a moment then took off waving an appology. The scariest bit was locking up the rear wheel. I rode off really chuffed that I kept my cool and stayed upright, but also really pissed off that I put myself in that position. I wasn't riding in his blind spot, but I shouldn't have assumed he would pass without merging. I actually should have anticipated that he would merge and given him a bigger buffer.