No offence taken. I’m happy that at that particular point moving to 1/2 is the better option; and I see the regulars doing so also.
I enjoyed reading all your tips. Great advice, thanks.
I agree with the foreign number plates comment. After a while you tend to subconsciously categorise all road users by vehicle: type; brand; model; age; condition; number plate; etc.
I’d add to that: the closest I have come to being wiped out while filtering was on Avenue Road many years ago and I learnt my lesson. When you join a recently formed queue of traffic, it’s the drivers at the back that are the most impatient. They haven’t invested time in the queue yet and want to get out before they feel trapped. I was nearly wiped out by one of the tail-enders (a lovely Aston Martin) who decided to do an un-signalled u-turn as I filtered by on his right.
This impatience at the back of a queue also extends to multi-lane roads. The drivers at the back will always try to jump into the other lane that might be moving fractionally quicker.