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Dear car drivers… – a letter from motorcyclists

10 Nov , 2016  

Dear Car Driver,

I know things haven’t been going well between us for a while now. There has been plenty of fights and a lot of animosity in the past, but I think now is the time to put things straight.

You see, I’m sure we can get along just fine if we both put our cards on the table. I wanted to send you a note, perhaps to appeal to your better nature, and maybe to help you see things how I see them. Please – give this a read, and let me know what you think.




Don’t ignore me

Riding a motorbike is risky: I know. But I do everything in my power to keep safe. And it isn’t cheap. A quick look at will show you the sheer amount of equipment us bikers need. It’s not like driving, where you just buckle up and start driving.

Every time I go out, it takes an age to get ready – just so I have the right protection. The thing is, even all this safety equipment won’t help if you are careless on the road. Sometimes you make me feel like I don’t exist – and it really scares me.




A future together

Sometimes I question whether we share the same vision of the future. I want to get home, safe and sound to my family – and you do, too, right? We both have places to get to, and I know there are people we need to see. But that doesn’t mean we have to rush things.

When you take things too fast, it’s just too easy to take your eye off the ball, and forget what really matters. Ease off the gas, take it steady, and you and I will have a lot more days to enjoy together.




I make mistakes, too

I’m not perfect, either, and of course, I make mistakes. But it seems to me that the costs of making a mistake are much higher for me than they are for you. I’m not in control of a ton or two of metal, moving at high speeds – you are.

You hold the vast majority of the cards, here. I’m not asking for much, just a little thought that not everyone is perfect and mistakes happen. I know you are an awesome driver, but sometimes you can be overconfident. And that’s where we might well come to blows – and I will always lose that battle.




The phone calls

I don’t know who you are speaking to when you are driving. And I don’t want to know – I certainly won’t be rooting through your call history. But I have to ask – are the conversations you are having more important than me? More important than other drivers and riders on the road? According to, you are playing with fire. Can’t it wait until you are somewhere a little more private and safe?

Personal space

All relationships, no matter how loving, thrive more when each person has their own space. You need it, and I need it, too. But sometimes I feel like you try and get far too close – and it makes me feel nervous. All I ask is that you give me room to breathe and try and recognise that I need some space to live.

Yours truly,

The Motorcyclist.




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