Plea to bikers intent on flirting with danger
OPINION: People who tailgate are a pet hate of mine.
The other day, however, I experienced something that made the usual frustration even worse.
It was a motorcyclist who obviously wanted to overtake me, despite the fact that I was doing the speed limit.
It would be bad enough to have to brake suddenly when a car is tailgating you, but when it's a motorcyclist, there is a whole new level of paranoia.
The person was wearing a helmet, but that was where being safety conscious had ended.
He was otherwise dressed in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
When he finally got his chance to overtake, he flew down the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd.
We had just reached Scrub Hill but he was still doing more than 80kmh after we hit Boat Harbour Dr, where a red light near Eli Waters Shopping Centre finally pulled him up.
We often hear about how dangerous riding a motorcycle is; normally the focus of the message is directed at other road users, who are aggressively told to be aware of motorcyclists on the roads.
I have a very different message to share.
Quite often I see motorcyclists behave in a stupid manner, speeding recklessly, dangerously weaving their way through traffic or failing to wear safety gear.
My message is: get that great big chip off your shoulder and help yourself stay alive - don't just depend on other road users to do it for you.