Yesterday morning as I'm riding out to work, I take the roundabout about 50 yards from my driveway as I normally do. A gray Toyota minivan is speeding and fails to yield as it enters the roundabout. I'm close enough to kick the driver's side headlight before it clicked in my mind that I was about to get hit. Additional leaning and generous amount of throttle got me out of that one. After that, the driver sees me and slows 20 mph (in a 30) and was at least a block behind me the rest of the way out of the neighborhood. Today I come home for lunch and cut through the neighborhood to avoid construction on the main road. I'm one block from my house and see a white Mercedes C class on my left that was stopped in at the T intersection. I have right of way. As I ride into the intersection, the lady guns it as if she was holding up traffic. There was no one behind her, and this is a residential street. Her Mercedes was inches from having a foot peg scrape down the passenger side rear door. Swerving into the gutter and emergency braking save me there. She didn't even see me. Lessons learned: * Olympia high-viz yellow isn't a guarantee you'll be seen. * A motorcycle's acceleration can get you out of trouble. * A motorcycle's braking ability can get you out of trouble. * Motorcycle tires are stickier than I thought. * Perhaps why most accidents occurs with five miles of home is because your used to your surroundings, and you let guard down. * Always give yourself an out.