So riding my motorbike into work this morning in the pouring rain, Iâ€™m talking monsoon, solid sheets of white falling out of the sky, being very very careful to not crash, not slip and not die. Riding up the pacific highway and get to the Epping road turn off. Two lanes of traffic are going straight ahead and two are turning right. Iâ€™m in the right had lane to go straight ahead, suddenly the fu**ing a**ehole in the van next to me who was waiting to turn right decides that he now wants to go straight, and that I constitute a gap in the traffic and its ok to merge lanes into me. Almost killed me, managed to avoid the accident. Heart going about a million miles an hour, yelling abuse into my helmet for all the good it will do but sure made me feel better. Wow if I wasnâ€™t awake already let me tell you, Iâ€™m wide awake now. I was giving myself some room to buffer the car in front, wet weather etc and riding in the left wheel track so that people in the right hand turning lane can see me in their side mirrors and makes it easier for a head check, just in case they want to merge out. Was a typical SMIDSYT moment. This was a perfect example of where being road aware and accelerating out of a situation is the safest thing to do. I know that cars tend to do the sneaky jink out at those lights so I was watching the traffic and concentrating hard and had buffered to what may be considered the wrong side, ie left wheel track, but was the right riding position for that road situation. Even more important in the wet than at any other time. I saw his wheels turning before I saw him moving. The moment I saw that happen I gassed it, if I had braked I would have more than likely locked up and probably gone into the side of him or been forced out of my lane and been ridden up the back by another car. I ride another km up the roadâ€¦. Bike surges forward and then looses all power, gets power back, then looses power again. Look down, farkâ€¦. Empty petrol tankâ€¦.. Iâ€™m on the pacific highway in the overtaking lane and have to try and merge across two lanes of peak hour traffic, walking my bike. Finally manage to do thatâ€¦ so now Iâ€™m blocking the curb side lane of the highway pushing a bike getting rained on and feeling like I want to fall into a hole. At that moment I thanked all my gods that I hadnâ€™t run out of petrol next to the douche in the van. Totally my fault, in all the dramas of getting wet weather gear on, concentrating on the road etc I didnâ€™t check the fuel situation. Finally manage to get my bike after about 5 mins of pushing to Northside Motorcycles, which just happened to be on the road. Thatâ€™s when the morning starts looking upâ€¦ the guy in the shop gave me a few litres of free petrol to get me back on the road and had a chat for a few minutes. Good to see we look after eachother. Huge thanks to him. And in case youâ€™re wondering why I didnâ€™t just driveâ€¦ my carâ€™s at the smash repairs cos some douche bag ran into the back of me. Finally as if the morning could not get any worseâ€¦ I get to work, get pulled in by my boss into a meeting room to be told that Iâ€™ve been made redundant. Farking Global Financial Crisis. I guess there are two timely reminders here: 1. Always be aware of whatâ€™s going on on the road around you and use all the skills of road-craft to keep you safe. Buffering, Lane position, situational awareness, previous experience, common sense etc. Esp in the wet. 2. Always perform your pre-ride safety check, or at least make sure you got enough fuel in the tank to get you to where you have to goâ€¦ Z.