I am quite new to riding real bikes but I do consider myself a fairly experienced driver for someone of my age. Got my licence here in Australia before moving to Japan where I worked as a courier truck driver for 5 years - commuting to that job on a 50cc scooter. I also drove, but not professionally, in the South Island of New Zealand for around 3 years when I lived there. I have also done more than my fair share of pushie riding on the roads of those three countries. As I've been riding for such a short period I haven't had my first SMIDSY (SMIJDBL > yet, but I know it will happen. Christ - I even had someone pull out directly across my path at the very last second making a collision completely unavoidable IN THE BLOODY TRUCK!! Full emergency braking and I just clipped his rear quarter at 10km/h or so. This was only from about 30km/h but there was only 1-2 truck lengths when he pulled out almost underneath me it seemed! SMIDSY, he says in Japanese! Ha. He even came to a complete stop at the stop sign as required, so I don't know how he looked me in the eye and still didn't 'see' the truck, but had I not been fully alert I probably would have rammed the guy so hard I'd have near rolled him. Now, as bikes and being possibly the least visible vehicles on the road, obviously it is going to happen more to us that someone somehow misses seeing us, and obviously the consequences of an accident are going to be a lot greater for a rider. So ride defensively, etc., etc. But my real point is - thats how you should have been driving prior to riding anyway! It horrifies me to think of how I drove and rode in my teens / early 20s - not putting others into danger with my hooning, but putting myself into danger by relying on others to do the right thing. Its no good being in the right but still being in an accident - and the stakes are obviously higher when the body is on the line. But, noone taught me and I had to learn for myself - thankfully not the hard way. (Although I did highside the 50cc in the wet on my 2nd day riding it!! lol) We really need better training for drivers - although I don't know much about the current system - and the hazard perception test is a step in the right direction. But, can you teach common sense? Did any of the safety videos at the riding courses actually tell anyone something they didn't already know? Practical defensive driving courses are probably a lot more effective. Not just for the physical driving/riding skills, but to see and absorb the reality of what is taught in the classroom. How did you drive before you rode? Has it changed your awareness of other traffic? Now I just need the riding skills so that I can make the bike do exactly what I need it to!