Thursday 25 September 2003 1.09pm
normally ones knee-caps get dented when trying to go through gaps that are too narrow for the bike... although handlebars and wing-mirrors are about the same height.
When I drive my car, I try to be aware of motorcycles, and leave them a big a gap as possible to get through. Even in stand still traffic I check my mirrors for feeding motorcyclists and try to position my car with this in mind.
I think most drivers get agitated with traffic in general, and then the smallest thing can spark things off. Majority of bikers are perfectly reasonable and are more concerned about their own safety then causing criminal damage. I guess it's always the small minority.
Another thing that doesn't help, are people's reactions to one another.
A driver may well make a small mistake that upsets someone else, but then often the reaction to that is a little over the top, with the result that the original offender feels agrieved and also a little bit annoyed about the reaction, forgetting that they did actually cause the problem...
I'm certainly no angel when it comes to driving (or many other past-times). But it is worth a thought.