Motorcycle filtering

A recent call to YourKey highlighted the danger of filtering on a motorcycle.

The rider was below 5 miles per hour on a large machine using the full headlight in daylight. A driver from the lane to his right switched lanes quickly and our rider was on the deck. The usual explanation is sorry I did not see you. The polite response should be you would have seen me if you had taken your time and looked carefully.

Filtering past other vehicles is one of the advantages of riding, but it is one of the dangers. It is legitimate to filter provided you do it with care.

Most members are riders and you all use other vehicles. A motorcyclist will look over his shoulder when pulling out so why not adopt that practice when you are driving. Next time you want to jump lanes or U-turn from a queue please take your time and be sure you do not take out a bike.

For riders the Highway Code has sound advice:

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. 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.

This is a short video following a Police Motorcycle Trainer and observing the method and timing of shoulder checks. Lets be careful out there.

The legal side of filtering is explained on the Mark Thompson Law website here and here.