Every road has a part you should not use – if you’re smart
“Nobody is exempt from the surprises of life!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
Well, not exempt maybe; but you’re less likely to be caught out if you’re prepared. Here’s a simple and basic suggestion that might just save you a lot of unpleasantness.
I don’t know if you’ve seen Clint Eastwood’s latest film (as at the time of writing) The Mule, but there’s a wonderful little segment in it that stirred me on to write this. Driving across the desert, Eastwood comes across a car with a flat tire. The family is just standing around while Dad tries to get some reception on his phone so he can google how to change the tire. Of course, Eastwood helps them.
Chances are that next time you get a flat tire, Clint Eastwood will not happen to be passing by on a drug run for the Medellin Cartel. Indeed, no-one may be passing at all, and even if they are they may nor stop. So carry a tire repair kit – remembering to take one that matches your tires (tubed or tubeless) – and learn how to use it. Before you go.
ut that’s not what I’m writing about. What I’m concerned about is something that’s always been considered a motorcyclists’ prerogative but that’s become even more common since lane splitting has been legalized in more or less all of Australia. The subject of my sermon today, chillun, is filtering between the traffic and the edge of the road.
This is illegal in every jurisdiction I have been able to find. It is illegal in California, where you’ve always been allowed to filter. It is illegal in New Zealand, although it’s hard to work out just what is and what isn’t illegal in the poorly-written laws that cover filtering in general in Unzud. In New South Wales, lane filtering is illegal “between traffic.. and an adjacent kerb”, as it is in Victoria. And so on. There are several good reasons for this law, but I want to remind you about one that wasn’t even in the various lawmakers’ minds when they came up with the prohibition.
The area between the traffic and the kerb is a scene of horror for motorcycle tires. This is where nails, sharp metal clips, screws, pieces of glass and all sorts of other things live with one thing in common, the potential to penetrate your tires.
Just don’t go there. Simple advice and you will never know if it’s worked for you. But take it.