After all, why would a so-called "safety" forum provide safety tips, when childish arguments are way more fun (and easier)?
I have several tips for preventing and/or surviving right hooks. (I won't even mention the obvious one--proper lane positioning--because that's too controversial for the extremists on this forum.)
- Don't spend a long time riding immediately to the right of a car. You're in the driver's blind spot there, obviously a bad place to be. If the same car is alongside you for a long time, consider either speeding up or slowing down in order to get out if the driver's blind spot.
- Expect slow moving cars to turn. If a car is moving slowly (relative to other cars), the driver is probably looking for a parking place, an address, a driveway, or someplace else to turn.
- Some right hooks occur just after a car has overtaken you, and then suddenly turns right across your path. So keep an eye on those cars that have just overtaken you.
- Practice curb jumping, quick turns and panic stops. Keep your bike in good order, especially brakes and steering. Even if you're careful, a right hook is possible, so be prepared.
If anybody has reasoned (as opposed to dogmatic) objections or additions to these tips, I sure would appreciate hearing them. I'm always open to suggestions for better riding, regardless of the "religion" of the suggester.