Either I've just turned invisible, having a massive run a bad luck or I'm doing something wrong.....I'm leaning toward the later. In the space of two weeks I've had 4 major incidents which have put life and limb in jeopardy. 1. Thursday 21st April Riding in the left lane just coming up to an intersection a white van without and indicator has pulled out of the right lane where he is stuck behind a right turning vehicle. He did it just as I came up on the rear of his van and said that he couldn't see me, thankfully he did eventually see me and stopped and I was able to swerve around him 3/4 into my lane. Pulled over and waited for him to pull up an apologise but he kept going so I followed and pleaded with him to watch out for riders in the future. He was apologetic and no harsh words were exchanged. Perhaps it would have helped that I had got over to the left wheel rut sooner so he could have had a better chance to see me and I had more room to get around him. 2. Monday 25th April Riding between Whitfield and Mansfield overshot a corner and came off. https://netrider.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=77726#77726 https://netrider.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=79954 Should have been taking it easier on an unfamiliar road. 3. Friday 29th April A car almost rear ends me as I merge onto the Eastern freeway. https://netrider.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?p=78820#78820 Perhaps I should have used the entrance lane that doesn't require me to merge or perhaps braked and looked for a bigger gap (even though cars in the left lane are supposed to give way to merging traffic....does no one know that rule?) 4. Today Monday 2nd May Riding north along Montague St, doing 60km/h I'm coming up to a south bound 5 ton truck with a massive bullbar on the front with his right hand indicator on to turn across my lane. The road is clear ahead of me and he waits until I'm about 10 metres from him to start turning into the side road. Jump on the brakes and give a slight swerve, front wheel locks up (I serious think that this rate I'll get through my front tyre before my rear) but thankfully he sees me and stops a metre or so over the white line. I still slow down and decide to do a uturn and follow him into a side street to have a chat with him. I follow him for two turns and then realise he isn't going to pull over so I blast on the horn and he stop and waits for me to come along side him at the next intersection. Conversation went something like this: ME: "You realise you almost killed me back there?" HIM: "Yer I'm sorry" ME: "I'm shaking like a leaf over here" HIM:"I'm not too happy either" <----- I really don't think he has much right to come back with this but decided to stay to course ME: "You have to keep and look out for us riders" HIM: "Yer I know, I'm sorry" ME and HIM: repeat the above exchange until I think he has got the idea and I get him to agree we have a deal and give him the thumbs up which seems to send a wave of relief over him. I ride off still shaking like a leaf, and still am pretty much. Summary I used to be able to pick out all this stuff but it seems that I'm shit at reading traffic these days......I don't know how I lost it.....perhaps I'm not focusing as much...perhaps I've become complacent..... But it seems pretty obvious that even though the majority of fault lies with the other parties (again this attitude could be my downfall as well) that I need a serious refresh of defensive riding and being able to pick out the problems before they happen. Not sure how long my luck can last. So I'm going to have to focus more and really devote time to reading the traffic and extending my radar as far as possible but I'd also like to get my hands on a book or something to do a bit of a refresher. I've got the Ride On video at home so its probably time to stick that in the VCR and give it another look. Anyone know of any good books that focus on this aspect of riding?