How many times have you been trying to filter through queued traffic only to find other cars blocking your way? Many drivers are accommodating to bikers on the roads but there are those who are downright frustrating.
There have been times when we’ve been filtering through traffic only to find a car has moved over to block the path as if what we were doing was wrong. But the thing is, it’s not wrong. It’s actually our right by law.
That’s why we’ve put together this post. To have vent a little, yes, but most importantly our aim is to spread the word so that motorcyclists know it’s within their rights, and other motorists know that it is absolutely legal and acceptable for us to do so.
For those that need a bit more convincing, here is an extract from the Highway Code outlining the rules for motorcyclists.
Rule 88 of the Highway Code - Manoeuvring
"You should be aware of what is behind and to the sides before manoeuvring. Look behind you; use mirrors if they are fitted. When in traffic queues look out for pedestrians crossing between vehicles and vehicles emerging from junctions or changing lanes."
And here's the really key part...
"Position yourself so that drivers in front can see you in their mirrors. Additionally, when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low."
In an effort to help all motorcyclists, please share this post so that other road users can learn that filtering is legal.
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