5 Ways to Avoid Road Rage on a Motorcycle

Road rage: many of us has experienced it on
the road. We honk our horn, give them the finger, yell at the other driver, cut them off, we race them, or worse. Some escalate into dangerous maneuvers putting
others in danger. Driving cars give drivers a false sense of
invincibility because they have a protective cage around them. Cars also make others more anonymous because
other drivers are unknown to us making it easier to negatively
judge them for who they are or what their motivations
are. Road rage in a car can ruin your day, road rage on a motorcycle can ruin your life. Hey how’s it going people, BrownBrady here, And thank you for tuning into my channel. And in this episode, I’m gonna to show you 5 ways that I avoid
road rage on a motorcycle. Road rage is like a fight between 2 opponents using their cars as weapons and shields. You can imagine why road rage on a bike can be more costly than in a car. You are more likely to get injured or killed in a bike accident by yourself to
begin with. This risk increases when it involves another
vehicle because your potential opponent is driving
a more massive vehicle. And so without further adieu, here are 5 ways that I avoid road rage on
a motorcycle. Number 1, I wear the right attitude. Sure, a peaceful ride in an empty country
road can be relaxing after a very stressful day
at work. But in a very busy city setting, it may only take one careless driver to make
you lose your cool. When I slip on my helmet and gear, I don’t transform into a Moto GP racer weaving
through traffic, or a tattooed cruiser villain stereotype eyeballing
everyone who stares. First of all, I can’t ride like a GP racer
anyway so I’m not gonna pretend that I can, and second, I don’t fit the biker stereotype. But I always ride confidently with a positive
attitude. Much like sailors know not to sail when they know bad weather is
upon them, I don’t ride when I am upset or anxious because a confrontation with a driver will
only make it worse. Number 2, I accept that I am invisible. I don’t have to be riding like a Ninja, I know that I will be invisible to drivers
anyway. I accept that I will get cut off, have my lane intruded, or backed into. It’s my duty to stay out of everybody else’s
way. When approaching an intersection having cars waiting to turn into my lane, I assume they are having a hard time judging
my speed and distance because I don’t have the same
headlights as a car. This happens a lot in parking lots as well while drivers are hunting aggressively for
parking spots. It will happen, so I must have evasive maneuvers and escape plans in place at all times. And when it does, I execute it, and let the situation pass. There is no need to give them the finger because they can’t see me anyway. Number 3, I assume that I will encounter a
bad driver. Someone will be driving too slowly, someone will be tailgating me, someone will change lanes without signaling. I accept this before each ride. I encourage you to practice doing NOTHING after getting cut off instead of honking, flicking the finger, or tailgating. But I know some of you have on board cameras, so if you caught it on camera, put it up for everbody to see! I know that only a very small percentage of
drivers are also riders. This means many drivers don’t know the hand
signals, they don’t know why I am riding on a tire
track instead of in the middle of a lane, And they don’t know why I’m all geared
up on a hot day. There will be drivers who think that motorcycles
belong on the side of a lane like a bicycle and they will attempt to pass me and occupy
my lane. Know that they don’t teach this in driver’s
ed. Number 4, I manage my spacing. I always keep a safe distance around me in motion and when stopped to avoid an accident in the first place. This is in the motorcycle handbook, and it was also taught during my motorcycle
safety course. More distance affords me more time to brake, more space to make evasive maneuvers, and more time to escape from getting rear-ended. Also, keeping my distance avoids any confrontation
with drivers who are already having a bad day. Who knows what they might be thinking if I
keep tailgating them? If they hit their brakes to piss me off, I could be headed to a world of pain. Number 5, I try to be courteous. If I’m in doubt about who should go first
in an all way stop, I direct the next car to go ahead of me. I do not stand a chance if that driver gets
pissed that I took his or her turn at an all way
stop if they decide to clip my bike or worse. If I encounter a slow-moving vehicle, I keep my distance to allow them to take their
time instead of tailgating them. I never know if they are new drivers, a returning driver, or suffering a medical episode. And finally, if a driver offers a good gesture, for example, they offer their lane during
heavy traffic, I give them a nod or a wave to say thanks. Road courtesy improves my attitude on the
road, so if I rode off in a bad mood, this is one way to get me back to a positive
mind set. As an aside, I’m not telling you to ride in fear but you should be riding with confidence. You are on a motorcycle afterall and therefore are much quicker and more nimble than cars. Don’t be afraid to use this advantage to
execute your evasive maneuvers but move on. It’s done. Forget about it. It’s time to be ready for the next one. In closing, I manage road rage by preparing my mind, avoiding stressful situations, and maintaining a positive attitude. As far as getting out of an existing road
rage situation, I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been
in that situation yet. I think this is a completely different topic
altogether, however, if you’ve been there and you have any tips and tricks to avoid
that situation, Please let us know And if you have any road rage experiences
that you’d like to share, And you lived to tell about it Let us know about it in the comments section. And if you liked this video, please hit that like button or better yet, hit that subscribe button and I’ll see you
in my next video. As always, ride safe, and thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “5 Ways to Avoid Road Rage on a Motorcycle

  1. Very positive attitude, brother. I linked this video on the VTX forum for all to see. What yr and model Honda is that? Subscibed!

  2. Good video! I practice some of the things you listed, not really to avoid road rage, mainly because I don't have time to stress on it. People do dumb things around me, I just dodge them and go on. Vast majority of folks in cars ARE paying attention, and the few who aren't paying attention, I'm paying attention to them. They usually telegraph their intentions in plenty of time for me to react accordingly. I don't waste ride time by getting upset with other road users.

  3. Great advice. It works. . I agree with everything you say. I practice those tactics everyday to and from work in rush hour traffic.

  4. BROWN BRADY IS BACK !!! You're my favorit vlogger Brady. Really nice to see you uploading again !!!

  5. as a kid ridding, it was something i did to get out my aggressions and rage…id hit the track angry thinking about the day and crash. because i was thinking about the day, and not fully concentrating and if i focused i would only crash when pushing the limits to far and same thing for street. dont think about the girl friend or the boss or even the dog. nothing can enter your mind thats not motorcycle and just concentrate…we are nearly invincible out there if we are aware and anticipate the cars mistakes…slow cars are about to turn usually, many without blinkers so never blast past…wave and be super friendly as biker have a bad first impression with our noise and fudging normal traffic laws

  6. This is a great video. The content is great, the video production is great, and I found your points extremely helpful. Keep it up, instant subs and like.

  7. I like what you have said . I would add that following at safe distance also gives you a larger field of vision ! One should be able to see 12 seconds ahead of where ever you are in the lane or surrounding area . That gives more time to plan that evasive action ! Keep up the good work , and kleep the shiny side up ! Ride safe !

  8. arvind here from india. wow. fantastic wisdom. i was aware of all this but it sank in permanently after viewing this video. thanx friend. Respects. your good name please.

  9. Sometimes (in the past) I couldn't control myself and got pissed, exceeded the speed limit or did overtake in the wrong lane, just to get rid of some stupid cager who had more attention for his/her phone than for what's all around. But once the danger was gone, I always thought my action over and knew that I should have taking in "the Zen". My unwise action did not hurt anyone, but me.
    So, to stay relaxed and keeping safe and alive, nowadays, I make sure that I retain enough free space around my motorcycle and anticipate on what I can encounter far ahead. Ride sensible, full of confidence and make sure that it is you who control the motorcycle. The color scheme of my new motorcycle AND gear looks like I'm a police officer and I ride like they do (comply with traffic regulations and being courteous generally), which works really well in reducing the presence of road rage offenders. I haven't had any issues the last 2 years.
    Last: never drink & ride.

  10. riding a motorcycle is similar to carrying a firearm. Mindset makes a big difference and it is up to you, the carrier/rider to avoid any mishaps with the public.

  11. Most bikers are like you. It's the assholes in the big luxury cars that are the problem. After being run over twice by an old lady in a big Buick, I gave up riding on the road. I built me a big monster truck, and now "I'M THE ASSHOLE". I run the BMW's and Mercedes off the road every day. Nobody wants rust smeared down the side of their new car.  I still ride off road, and if I meet a car or truck in the places I go, he's got to be crazy as hell, so I avoid him.

  12. good video you posted.. i've been riding a long time here in s/ca & its get tougher every year to ride the streets of L.A. all of your points are good, i try to keep in mind its not personal, the drivers are frustrated with today's traffic. ride safe!

  13. Thanks for this great advice.  Attitude is really key and you reminded me of that.   I enjoy your videos.  You have a very good voice and demeanor and presentation

  14. Very well said. Where I live there is a 50% mix of friendly and aggressive drivers. I ride a Grom so I cant go too fast and I always will go to the shoulder and let other cars pass. People notice that and will usually wave or flash their hazards, a way to say thanks for letting them pass.

  15. Great vid! You will enjoy motorcycles for a very long time. My attitude is as follows, the only thing that will keep you alive and in one piece on the road is yourself. Every point made in this vid is 110% correct. Couldn’t agree more👍

  16. This is life saving stuff. Thank you so much…I can relate to all you stated. I have been working on being nice to other drivers, by waving when I am allowed into lane…makes a difference in how I feel about myself too; more self respect. I shall subscribe

  17. Thank you for this video! I have a bad habit of getting angry and I am getting my first bike likely tomorrow and taking my ridding class Next weekend and I needed this video. I will be taking your advice to heart sir.

  18. Wisdom that should be shared with all new riders. Also, wearing a bright safety vest over all your "ATGATT" helps let drivers see you, and not be surprised that you are there. Also, loud knobby tires save lives….

  19. Found you while searching a similar topic. I don't ride a Motorcycle, BrownBrady but your advice is very helpful in general, at least in the sense of respect and self control for everyone who operates a motor vehicle. I can't change how someone will react to me when I accidentally cut them off, but I can control my own response and i will make an acknowledgement of my mistake. I've matured in my age and just was flipped off recently by someone for making an honest mistake. I think he did it impulsively before I got the chance to acknowledge my error. Oh well, I walked away and moved on. In my younger days I probably wouldn't have let it go. People who have to resort to the middle finger, well, that tells me they lack character, respect and discipline. We are all human, make mistakes and can get upset but we need to check our emotions. Sadly, respect is something so many people want and are unwilling to reciprocate. In closing, I do my absolute best to respect all those driving a motor vehicle, especially motorcycles. I'm at the age where it's probably too late for me to ride, but never say never. it's scary enough out here on 4 wheels. Thank you and be safe.

  20. Been ridding for 42yrs seems like you have as much experience as me another great vid 👍🏻about road rage a guy pulled up next to me in his car ran over my foot I did not hit him or anything just reached in and took his keys to make sure he could not do it again 😳 ride safe 🏍👌🏻

  21. I like you're attitude.my opinion is you are a successful biker keep up the good work.many people want to ride a motorcycle but really have no business on one!

  22. Love your attitude brother! Had plenty of close calls but nothing too bad when it happens I don't get mad I feel relieved that it wasn't worse. Just started my channel but been riding since I was a kid. Digging your stuff. PEACE!!!

  23. This video found me at the perfect time. Just last night I completely raged out on someone who cut me off in traffic. I had my 3 boys in the car with me and I had to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident. I went nuts! Profanity, honking the horn, you name it.

    Watching your video made me remember we are all human and we all make mistakes. I’ll remember what you said the next time it happens. I only wish I had seen this sooner. Acting out like that in front of my kids was pretty uncool. I’m gonna channel you the next time I feel the monster getting out of the cage. Great vid bro.

  24. Ok, I had to come back and comment on this. This may be the best advice for road I've gotten. Most people just say that you shouldn't get provoked when someone cuts you off etc and just let it go, but that never really sticked for long. But I've now been "accepting" before even starting the vehicle, as you said, that someone is going to be an asshole or something on the road. It really has helped. Suddenly it feels like you're just moseying down the road and you're too cool to be in any hurry or to be an ass, and you're always on time, no matter when you arrive. You also remember that just maybe, you also make mistakes from time to time.

    There's no winners on public roads. You just don't lose if you arrive at your destination in one piece and preferably with peace of mind.

  25. Road rage is pointless. In 20 mins you will have calmed down. In that same 20 mins they will still be an idiot.

  26. <sigh> Don't you hate it when someone calls you out without meaning to..? and oh so calmly.

    Guilty as charged. I mean.. I'm not a lunatic or anything. I wouldn't even consider myself a hot head. But I get mighty irritated by people not using their turn signals or cutting right in front of me. Really.. I'm trying to adjust. I know it's my neck on the line. Maybe I need to listen to this every morning. "And now.. for your 6 minutes of mellow wisdom brought to you by.. BrownBrady…" 🙂

  27. Best way.. is just don't be getting in to it. (Don''t be a dick, and don't react to someone being one).. If someone behaves aggressively, just let them go, .. Find another bit of road to ride on.. That's what I do. Served me well for the past 20-ish years.
    You're rules are very much the same as mine.. Good vid.
    Like me because you behave like that.. you've never been in that situation.. My point exactly.

  28. Real words of wisdom! You  help me to get the right thoughts when riding.  I use to get so angry when a car drives close behind me. But getting angry doesn't really help 🙂

  29. Great video! It's refreshing to watch this after all these idiots who post videos of breaking car mirrors or windows while riding like idiots. I honed my riding skills on LA freeways. Once, I got angry at a car driver and flipped him off. (During lane splitting). Afterwards a rider behind me told me" be cool, don't make the driver more angry and take it out on the bikes behind me" . Total wisdom. Thumbs up!

  30. Dood.. you're helping people. I use all of what you said on every ride. If I had anything to add, it would be that if you're gonna split traffic, split 2 cars that are side by side. They see each other, so it don't matter if they don't see you (except for that doof that open his door in traffic… can't anticipate that). If you see an empty space on one side or the other, assume that someone will bolt to fill it. See it all the time. Gonna subscribe… you might save my life :-).

  31. Another thing to do is to assume that every single driver around you is going to do the absolute dumbest thing they could possible do and be prepared for that to happen.

  32. i love your tone in your voice its so calm !! 🙂 i subscribed you as soon as i complete watching gain confidence video

  33. Had to stop watching at your second point…it’s a biker duty to stay out of everyone’s way?? WRONG!! We have just as much right using the road as anyone else does. Stop making excuses for other drivers.

  34. What a great attitude, very mature, smart, man this is impressive. Thank you for helping others be safer while also helping us learn to take the high road with others. I particularly like your point about 'just moving on' after someone does something dumb. Sometimes hard to do, when you're in the heat of the moment (for example, after you've gotten a massive shot of adrenaline from a near miss). But, definitely the way to go, because things can escalate extremely quickly when you react with anger. And as we know as riders, some drivers use their cars as weapons, so we're likely going to lose in a vehicle-to-vehicle encounter.

  35. And for car drivers: Respect the law. Do not tailgate, you don't want someone to do it to you. You are not on a F1 Circuit, try to drive according to the speed limits. When changing lanes, look in all mirrors AND dead zones, because there can be anything that the mirrors can't see.

    As for "lane splitting", I do not know the law in other countries, I live in Sweden, and for me – if I see a motorcycle I make sure he/she can come in between without trouble.

    No, I do not ride a bike. But I drive a car, equipped with dual dashcams, and I have both seen other drivers and been in different situtations where the other driver is at fault (endangering my Life and others)..

  36. I encountered an aggressive motorcyclist on the highway. It was heavy traffic on a two lane road. He was weaving in and around people but for some reason stopped in front of my car. He brake checked me and I reacted by honking my horn. He did it again once we started moving and I yelled "Keep fucking around I am going to hit you!"

    He pulled ahead of me. Stopped his bike and parked it on the highway blocking traffic completely. He started walking towards my car with all his gear on. Full face helmet. I decided to drop the situation and drive around him. He jumped back on his bike and pulled up next to me and started shouting obscenities. Lucky for me my turn was coming up so I turned off and he kept driving down the highway.

    For some reason when I run into people like this I always go to the same phrase. I say "God bless you"

    This seems to put people off guard. Oh well. Lesson learned

  37. I give everyone road-rage by following the rules, I'm not in a hurry or the time to show-off. I save my bird once in a blue moon because I'm lazy. LLLL: live comfortable, live once, live free and let it go and if you don't, you're raging yourself.

  38. Usually I hate how much talking the youtubers make, the worst is the one driving and being distracted while recording. This style of yours is more enjoyable and the ideas are easily exposed with humble. Good Work!

  39. Old Head on Young Sholders, Very Very Informative , From a 40 year rider Thank you I learned a lot from you Sir 🙂 cheers Mate

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