"What would you have done : Lane merging"
This is on the Home page, but will not allow a reply; so here's my .02 after riding street bikes for 40 years - The question posed here is how should we react to a vehicle that won't allow proper merging or cuts you off when lanes go from two into a single. This could be from any number of reasons : accident or construction zone, 4 lane into a 2 lane highway, or traffic congestion. We've all been there; but in this example this guy was able to get to the guilty driver's window and apparently gave her his advice on why & how to merge. Not sure if this is a good tactic; the car/truck or whatever already has chosen to be disrespectful and knows they will win any type of altercation. Bikers never do well when hit or "tapped" or run over. So, I'm not saying that I don't want to give some drivers a piece of my mind, but usually just avoid any confrontation and ride on. Here in Texas, you're liable to have a firearm pulled on you (yea I can shoot back) but that only leads to legal probs. My goal on a ride is to enjoy myself, be safe and return home in one piece. Yes, the interstate traffic jams with 18 wheelers blocking both lanes are frustrating, but I can do alot on a bike that cars can't - like turn around or cross the median. I'd rather explain to a cop why I did an illegal u-turn to avoid road rage than why I became involved in an accident. I've also been on the other side recently when a group of bikers (like 50 or so) believed they had the right to stop traffic while doing wheelies and lane splitting. That's another subject, but I did not cut them off. My late dad always said "Watch the idiots " !! So...... any other experiences or views on this ??