Filtering Tips from the Police Road craft handbook

Some great tips on filtering from the Police Road Craft Handbook.

If you decide to filter:

  • Take extreme care
  • Keep your speed low – you need to be able to stop suddenly if circumstances change
  • Always identify a place where you can rejoin the traffic flow before you move out
  • Make yourself visible – consider using dipped headlight
  • Be ready to break and/or use the horn
  • Use the opportunity to make progress but be courteous and avoid conflict with other road users.

Watch out for and anticipate:

  • Pedestrians crossing between vehicles
  • Vehicles emerging from junctions
  • Vehicles changing lanes or U-Turning without warning
  • Doors opening
  • Reflective paint and studs which could throw the bike off line
  • traffic islands
  • other bikes also filtering

Thanks to Thomas Evans‎ for posting this on Facebook

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Tristan Findley


Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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