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The Lurker, the Drifter and the Trimmer
Every now and again someone sets me a challenge. On this occasion it was to find three types of driver that riders need to keep their eyes open for. Of course, the article actually focuses on three drivers OR riderss to on the be alert for. Yes, bikers are just as guilty of these thoughtless bits of riding as car drivers!
The Lurker finds places to hide, concealed spots from which he can leap out and surprise us. If there's a truck coming the other way is there a lurker behind it? He'll be right up the tailgate where we can't see him, and he'll pop out like a Jack-in-the-box. Our response? Move left, gain some buffer space and a better view. What about that side turning? The Lurker will sit too far back where we can't see him and he can't see us, and he'll lunge forward. Move away, to the right, to gain clearance and a better view. If there are bends ahead with blind areas, then the Lurker will hug the hedge and appear just when we think the road is clear.
The Drifter is a different animal. He expects us to devine his intentions by telepathy. On a multiple lane road, he'll change lanes by sliding slowly from one to the other, oblivious of traffic, no looks, no signals. Avoid the Drifter by sitting staggered in the adjacent lane, rather than alongside the other vehicle. Keep an eye open for movement, and we mustn't for a moment assume that the Drifter knows we're there. The Drifter is a hazard at side roads. He'll turn across our path oh so slowly. And if he's going our way, then having blocked our path, he slowly accumulate pace rather than accelerate to match the speed of the traffic flow. Back off and be prepared to match to his. Watch out for the Drifter behind. Keep an eye on the mirrors if he's following. When we ride into a lower limit and decelerate, the Drifter won't change his speed, not until he's trying to ride pillion. Use the brakes to slow so there's a warning light, and use them very lightly too - that way we'll only slow down gradually.
The Trimmer thinks that using a bit of our side of the road is perfectly fine because it makes life a bit easier for him, it cuts down the effort needed to steer accurately around bends, roundabouts and into and out of junctions. Watch for the Trimmer coming the other way on left-handers. He'll cut across the central line so we have to be prepared to tighten our own line by moving to the nearside. Faced with a left-turn into a side road, the Trimmer will swing wide to the right to make the manoeuvre easy, even though we're coming the other way. If we're in the side turning, the Trimmer will take a lazy line turning in on our side of the road by cutting across the centre line. The Trimmer will straight-line roundabouts. Even when traffic is busy, he'll take the straight-line short cut when going straight ahead. Our defence is not to try to overtake across the island.
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