Join Date: May 2010
Location: Broadway, Virginia, USA
ph, has the correct answers.
If you take the ERC you will learn a couple things such as leave yourself an escape route. Keep the bike in gear ready to go just in case this type of thing comes up. Monitor your mirrors for the idiot who is getting ready to take you out. Waiting on an intersection is not break time, it's time to monitor your surroundings and make sure you survive.
I also agree with ph about lane choice, sometimes you have to take the center lanes, when this happens leave extra room and plan an escape route. I also do this while riding, I always look for escapes just in case.
once again I agree with ph, putting yourself against the car in front would be certain death if you get hit, there's no time cushion or space for that matter. Besides, if you don't get hit, you'll have to explain to the guy who's car you've been resting against what's going on, lol
Take the time and invest in a safety course. I do it every two years and each time I learn or re-learn something beneficial. It's well worth the price for the range time you get and the reminders of all the safety stuff.
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