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What Would You Have Done: Lane Merging Edition



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As motorcyclists, we’re all too familiar with car drivers merging into our lanes, seemingly blind to the fact we’re occupying the lane they are trying to merge into. But what’s proper etiquette when a two-lane road turns into one? Which order should vehicles in a double-file line let each other into a single-file line? Whatever your answer, it’s probably not what this woman was thinking as she comes from behind this motorcyclist and co-occupies the lane he’s in. He then gets upset, honks the horn a few times, gives the driver a quick lesson in merging, calls her a choice expletive then rides on.

Normally that’s where a story like this would end. Instead, he spots a police officer up ahead, flags him down, and sticks him on the car driver.
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Punch their mirror off lol. Icon timax glove style
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yell at them while laying on the horn ( do this a lot) then hit the throttle while still pissing and moaning then pass that cop at way to high speed get ticket then piss moan at her the rest of the day.
tomorrow forget about it until next time it happens
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I'd either accelerate hard and flick the bike in front of the car, or brake and let her in but wouldn't just stay there.

I've taken so many liberties on the road over 30 years, that if someone does something stupid, there's usually no point raising my blood pressure for it. At most I rev the bike to express my disapproval.

Every time I ride someone does something stupid. Just gotta treat every other road user as a potential danger (especially the slowest vehicles!), so there's no surprise when they do something hazzardous.

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coming into your lane

I don't know what it is about a boot heading for their paint but it seems give them religion. It's only happened a couple of times.

I was taught by a motor cop how to "guard your lane" and I pretty much sit almost on the line. I also do not own a stock exhaust, so that works most of the time.

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I'd either accelerate hard and flick the bike in front of the car, or brake and let her in but wouldn't just stay there.

I've taken so many liberties on the road over 30 years, that if someone does something stupid, there's usually no point raising my blood pressure for it. At most I rev the bike to express my disapproval.

Every time I ride someone does something stupid. Just gotta treat every other road user as a potential danger (especially the slowest vehicles!), so there's no surprise when they do something hazzardous.
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In my Nissan Titan I'm kind of aggressive. I ride peoples' asses when they're driving too slow. I blow my horn loud and long when they're sitting their staring at the ^$%&ing phone at a green light. And on the interstate when somebody's driving slow in the fast lane, I like to get in front of them and go even slower ... I love that.

On my bike I'm basically kind of a wuss. I ride very defensively, usually deferring to all the cages around me which outweigh me by 2 or 3 thousand pounds and are being operated by distracted morons that many times are looking down at their lap. At age 47 things don't feel like they're gonna heal quite as fast as or as nicely as they used to, should one of those dipshits knock me down.
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I'd have turned in my man card, started using the women's restroom and eventually shot myself in the head after a short bout of depression for being such a pussy.

That biker was a whiny bitch running to the cops. Either get in there and fight for your spot or let the woman have it, but a motorcycle fighting for space against a cage is a losing battle and people just don't give a fuck anymore. You never know when someone is just going to snap and run your ass over maliciously.
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elbow drop to the mirror seems reasonable to me. wishful thinking though on my part, id probably tell her how cuntry she was and sped off.

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A long time ago, I thought of farming rotten eggs in varying degrees of rot - and keeping a box of 3 in a row on my top clamp.
The idea was to stop, explain what the driver had just done & ask for an apology - then if they were rude or insulting in response I'd smash an egg in their face (people don't carry guns in the UK though! ) if they deserved punishment...The worst grade would probably induce vomiting. Nasty shit!

In the end, the friend I lived with at college wouldn't let me do it - and talked me out of the idea. Fact is, kicking in doors, smashing mirrors, or other - is only going to make drivers hate bike riders more, ultimately it's not worth getting aggressive.

Just that a bike rider can ride safely past cars standing still in traffic (not legal in some U.S. states, that sucks, I know!), or enjoy getting from A to B much more enjoyably & faster than in a car and have that much more freedom on the road is a big advantage.

So if an errant driver causes me to brake, swerve or accelerate because of something they do, it's no big deal - I just deal with it then overtake (usually fast) and continue at my previous speed when it's safe.

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