I notice a lot of 'take-the-lane' detractors insist you are a sitting duck. I thought of an analogy last night that explains why this is not true. Consider when road crews block off a lane to do repair work. Do cars ever run directly into them? I don't think it happens often. Now add your mirror and situational awareness and you can see how the odds of being struck are nearly ZERO. It doesn't matter if you are going 5 mph on a 45 mph road... Any speed, any road it should not matter.