Filtering to the front of the traffic at the lights makes you safer as the traffic behind you is already stopped and you are less likely to be rear-ended.
But be aware that if you filter in front of a big truck, they may not see you as you will be in their blind spot. If you stall when the lights go green, they could run right over the top of you!
Filtering has caused motorist jealousy and road rage, so give people a polite wave as you ride past and you may avoid their anger.
5 Go on green
If you’ve filtered to the front of the traffic at the lights, don’t hang about when the lights turn green or you could get run over!
But also don’t just trust the lights.
They don’t call it “rush hour” for nothing. Most motorists are in a hurry and will take chances such as running red lights just to save a couple of seconds.
So keep an eye on the lights. Since you are so far in front, you will be able to see when the lights signalling in the other direction are changing to red.
As it changes, make sure to look both ways to check if anyone is intending to run their red light.
6 Give yourself a buffer
Many rider trainers talk about giving yourself a buffer zone from other vehicles in front, behind, alongside or approaching from the other direction.
But in heavy traffic that is difficult. If you leave a gap in front of you, a car is liable to slip into it.
Creating a buffer in heavy traffic requires you to constantly shift your lane position. This may look erratic to other drivers, but it actually attracts attention and may cause motorists to avoid you as well as you avoiding them!
7 Be seen and heard
Being seen does not mean wearing a fluoro jacket, pants and helmet!
There are so many fluoro-wearing workers and lollipop people on the road, you may actually blend into the background.
You would probably attract more attention if you wore a clown suit!
The best way to be seen by motorists in front of you is to be able to see their faces in their mirrors. Move around in your lane so you are seen in their centre mirror and their side mirrors.