Was comning home tonight and going round a long, sweeping right hand bend near Westerham in a 50mph zone, doing 50 (ish:D)A cager overtakes me so close that his wing mirror clipped mine, pushing my bars to the left and directing me towards a hedge…
I managed to keep control, whilst letting out a long blast on the horn and a string of expetives deleted
The ****** then decides to really put his foot down and get away from me…
Mr Angry & Mr Safe start having a debate in my head and for once I controlled the red mist - I knew that 95% of people turn left at the end of this road (it doesn’t make much sense to use the road if you’re gonna turn right) and I also know that shortly after that, you come into a 30mph zone with a set of traffic lights that nearly always hold people up at that time of day.
I should point out that this is part of my normal route, so I didn’t run after him in a different direction, although truth be told, I probably would have.
So this mofo gets caught at the lights and I pull up alongside him and rap on his window, which he opens slightly - I shout in (shout because it was noisy, rather than angry):
“You’re the reason bikers get killed!”
He looks at me gormlessly and goes “What?”
I repeat: “You’re the reason bikers get killed - do you realise you clipped my mirror at at 50 back on Beggars Lane???”
He says: “oh… that’s what it was…”
I lost it at that point and started calling him every **** under the sun but aware that he was starting to pull away as the lights had changed
I had to follow him down the A25 until I left at the A21, at which point I passed him and flipped him the bird.
The dude needed to know what he had done wrong, so I had achieved what I set out to do - his attitude might have been genuine ignorance of the event, or he might have been feigning ignorance through embarassment at having been such a nob…
Still, I’m glad I kept the red mist away from my riding hand this time and also glad I kept my riding hand away from his throat.
On top of all that, because I’ve been reading Roadcraft, I’ve also gone back to wearing a Hi Vis waistcoat on my daily commute to aid my defensive riding (I don’t like it, but I wouldn’t much like being dead either)…
Anyway, rant over - I needed to let it out and this is the best way I can think of to do it