Thought I'd post quickly about something I witnessed on a ride on Sunday which acted as a bit of reminder to myself and hopefully might act as a reminder to others too. On Sunday I was on a group ride (around 50-60 bikes) run by the dealership I got my bike from. Halfway into the ride, on a perfectly straight and open piece of road, one rider decided he needed to be in front myself and another four riders and the 4x4 with caravan that was just in front of us. Unfortunately for the rider, that 4x4 was indicating to turn right off the main road. It did not end well for the rider (he survived but a number of the 40+ riders behind him who witnessed it did not expect that to be the case when we stopped). Just as unfortunate though was the fact that two young children in the 4x4 had to witness the crash - they were visibly distraught. There was minimal damage to the 4x4 and physically the occupants were ok, but it was not a position they should have been put in. The driver had not been travelling under the speed limit and had indicated well before the turnoff. The remainder of the group continued on shortly after with staff from the dealer and a few first aid trained riders remaining until an ambulance/paramedic were able to attend the scene. I guess the point of this is as a reminder (as it was to me) on a number of levels: - don't be impatient - if you are going to be impatient, be 110% aware of not just whats in front of you, but what's around and beside you - think of the consequences, not just to you as the rider but the other people on the roads Seeing the incident hasn't put me off riding or anything like that because I know what happened was entirely down to the rider's (poor) judgement (I was about 4 bikes back from the 4x4), but it will stick in my memory next time I start to get a bit twitchy behind another vehicle.