From: Harry Bloomfield on
Ian Jackson has brought this to us :
> Are you really seriously suggesting that, every time there is a vehicle in
> L2, alongside a smaller vehicle in L1, the L1 vehicle ought to slow down
> (thereby allowing the L2 vehicle to creep past him), just in case the L2
> vehicle suddenly decides to over into L1?
> I'm a great believer in 'defensive driving' and 'self-preservation', but
> while such evasive manoeuvres are sometimes necessary, I feel that having to
> do this on a regular basis is maybe carrying things a bit too far!

Are you seriously suggesting that you are unable to maintain a gap
ahead of you, which is the size of an HGV? All you need do is ensure
the safety gap ahead of you coincides with a vehicle on your right -

Personally, that is exactly what I aim to do all of the time, it really
is not difficult. If L1 happens to be going faster than L2, then I keep
my time alongside another vehicle to a minimum and keep a careful look
out for anything which might suggest and attempt to move over into my

Harry (M1BYT) (L)

From: Harry Bloomfield on
Mortimer formulated on Thursday :
> If I am in L1 and I find myself gaining on a car in L2, and if I'm planning
> to come off soon, so it's not worth trying to overtake in L3 and then move
> back to L1, I will always try to position myself either far enough back that
> I'm visible in the L2 car's left mirror or else I'll draw dead level so he
> can see me through his left window - I try to avoid the in-between position
> where I'm in his blind spot.

Which is exactly the right thing to do.

Harry (M1BYT) (L)

From: Harry Bloomfield on
GT wrote :
> But surely they pulled out of L1 to overtake the car, so how would they then
> 'forget' he is there in L1 before pulling back in after their overtake. I
> think the little car in L1 has just been unlucky (or lucky!). I might be
> missing something from the story, but it doesn't sound like he positioned
> himself in their blindspots, but they overtook him and then didn't use proper
> mirrors before pulling back into L1.

No, no they had both been in their respective lanes for quite some
time, it was just that the driver of the silver car would sit happily
in the blind spots of the three I noticed for a very long time and
effectively disappear from the drivers in L2. I could see what was
going to happen from the silver cars bad positioning.

Harry (M1BYT) (L)

From: Harry Bloomfield on
damduck-egg(a) formulated on Friday :
> I think the first lesson for anyone is not to be anywhere in the
> vicinity of you. Judging by your posts you seem be surrounded by a
> force field of some kind which creates various incidents for you to
> witness and report on.

You could just say I spend an awful lot of time on the road, with my
eyes open and witness an awful lot of very poor driving.

Harry (M1BYT) (L)

From: Nick Finnigan on
Harry Bloomfield wrote:
> True, but experience suggests you take great care to avoid driving
> alongside another vehicle, especially one where the driver might not be
> able to see you in his mirrors.

Drivers do not look in their door mirrors, especially the left hand side
one, especially around town. As a motorcyclists you must know that.
> L2 was full of vehicles, there was good gap ahead of the silver car -
> due to him always being somewhat slower upto speed than L2. Then he
> would tend to match speed with the vehicles in L2, but alongside them
> and in their blind spot.

The problem was not that he was in the blind spot, but that he left a
good gap. Drivers in lane 2 automatically presume that they can move into a
good gap in lane 1, without thinking. Even if their is a car visible in
their door mirror.