Since I got my license many years ago now (12 I think) I've always been an "assertive" (read: aggressive) driver. If someone cuts me off, they get the horn and finger treatment. If someone does something completely stupid, they will know my stance very shortly thereafter. Having said that, I don't drive like a maniac, I just make my voice heard when I feel it necessary. On to my point.. My attitude to driving the car is much the same as riding the bike. I hold my lane position aggressively. I make eye contact and stare drivers down when they pull up to a T section. I try and stay at or near the speed limit and I *always* try to be out in front of the pack. I've been an avid NR reader for a number of years now and I enjoy coming here to read about people's experiences. I don't enjoy hearing about riders coming unstuck, just about the experiences people come across. Now, only the other day it occurred to me.. I've been riding non stop for about 4 years now, on a variety of bikes (CBR250RR, VTR250, Triumph Speedmaster, Triumph Rocket III, Daytona 675, even a postie bike for a short time!) and I've done the commute, the "fun" ride.. I've been out and about on the south Queensland roads regularly yet I never really have anything to post here. This, to me, didn't make a lot of sense... given that I ride the way I do. So I thought about it for a bit. When I went to get the rubber replaced on the 675 today I observed myself and have come to some conclusions that I would like to share.. The underlying theme of what I'm about to say is: Does riding aggressively keep you out of trouble? To explain further.. Today I had two different people pull out on me. One pulled up, looked straight at me, then pulled out in front of me. The other approached the T section and just went without looking. In both instances I was close enough that evasive action was required and in both instances my heart didn't even skip a beat.. and I'll explain why. My tactic has always been simple. Watch the driver, know your space, use low gears. Because I'm always in front (I split, then I gun it off the line to the speed limit to get a couple of hundred metres on the traffic and 70% of the time I'm on my own on the road as a result), I generally have some spare space around me should someone pull into my lane. Today when it happened, I saw the driver approach, I assessed (without even really thinking about it) what lane space I had free adjacent to the situation, and when he DID pull out into my lane with me doing 80kph behind him and him doing less than 20kph, I'd dropped the right handlebar, zigged around him and was gone before I could even consider being worried about it. I gave the stupid asshole the finger, but outside of that, I was fine. I've had closer calls.. Even a couple where someone abruptly turned in front of me. This one time, the situation was mitigated using a similar strategy to my efforts today. When I realised they were coming over, I was in 2nd gear doing about 70kph (about to upshift) and I saw their wheels come over the white line (no indicator). I instantly assessed their speed (about 30kph), the space I had left, and the amount of time it was going to take to get through that gap. I went, at full noise in 2nd, and comfortably got through. Ok, comfortably may not be the right word, but I was not in immediate danger, I knew I was going to come out the other side without hassle. If I'd jumped on the brakes, I can't say I'd be as confident about the result. All of my "near misses" are almost always mitigated using speed and very fast judgement. If I were going much slower, not splitting, not GP'ing it off the line etc, I feel that I would be in a far more vulnerable position and prone to far more incidents than I am when I'm out in front. So what do you think NR? Does my riding style negate a lot of what other riders have happen to them or am I just really lucky in this respect? PS: I ride to work any day that there's not copious amounts of rain forecasted, and most weekends for shits n giggles, so I'm on the road fairly often.