Of the two basics
- Conflict Avoidance and Pre-planned Responses
- conflict avoidance is the first and best move.
You are extremely
vulnerable on a motorcycle. Always practice Conflict Avoidance
- stay out of trouble in the first place. Treat other drivers
as you would wish to be treated yourself. It's amazing how many
of the riders who complain about the actions of inconsiderate
car drivers are themselves extremely inconsiderate motorcyclists.
If you make a
mistake, apologise. A motorcyclist has the advantage of being
able to use body and sign language in saying sorry to people
he accidentally irritates. A careful, apologetic wave or pretending
to smote oneself on the head or some other sign will convey your
apologies to a driver you have offended. (If you have any ideas
of hand signals one can use to communicate with other drivers,
please email your ideas to us. We want to compile a list of them.)
Often this will prevent an incident turning into a crisis.
Keep away from
cars that are obviously unloved. People who drive rough cars
are often just like their cars.
a driver will attack out of the blue, for no reason you can understand.
you do then should be a response usually associated with:
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