Everyone has an opinion on lane splitting so I shall avoid imposing my opinions on others. Ultimately, the rider has to assess the degree of risk he/she is willing to take based on riding skills, the conditions of the road and traffic.
Below is a list of assumptions/conditions that I imposed on myself when it comes to lane splitting:
- Lane splitting increases the risk of an accident due to the reduced space that a rider has and the increased blind spots of vehicles that the rider is entering. If I do get into an accident while doing lane splitting, I must be ready to accept that it's my fault. In many cases, insurance won't be on your side simply because we weren't taught in riding school to ride in the small space found in between lanes
- Size matters. Riding in between two trailers or long vehicles is suicidal.
- I avoid lane splitting above 50km/hr or when traffic is already moving at that speed. What's the rush??? Safety trumps over the few minutes that can be saved...
- If another rider is coming fast at me to lane split, I'll just go back to the lane and let him pass.
- I tend to lane split if there is a train of bikes lane splitting. I like to be the last as I don't like the pressure of having another bike following me closely (yes, I'm selfish...lol)
- Lane splitting in wet conditions should be avoided due to the white paint markings being slippery. But I ride a three-wheeler so I don't abide to this rule :D
- Don't straddle or stay too long while lane splitting. Apply the 2-second rule.
- At traffic junctions, I either go to the front (lane split) or just stay in my lane. Sure you risk being hit from behind if a vehicle is coming at you at 100km/hr... life ain't perfect...
Check out my youtube video of how I lane split. Aside from not doing it all (good for you!), do share your best practices of lane splitting!