I drive through some of the roughest traffic in Toronto every day, rain or shine, hot or cold. I'm off the road when there's salt or sand. I'm on the road as soon as the first spring rain washes the salt and sand off the road. Very few ride as long as I do - and I'm almost at 25 years on 2 wheels.
Since September, the behavior of drivers have gotten horrible! Most think they can socialize and work while driving. Not so much.
I find I have to not only pay attention to the cars around me, but also, figure out what they are paying attention to. Accidents are on the rise on my route - I've been able to get out of many close calls - but not everyone has been so lucky.
Did everyone's life suddenly get busier? Have people forgotten they can turn their head, and look before they change lanes? Why must people socialize and drive? Why work and drive? Why not focus on driving?
I ask - take a moment, check your blind spots - you could save a life, an insurance claim... or avoid triggering a road rager. Curious if it's just a problem here in Toronto.
My bike is a FZ1 and is very quiet. I'm investing in a louder bike - I believe loud bikes save lives. They won't see me but they'll here me for miles.
Thats my rant for the night... any other members commute via bike?