Oxford wrote:if you want to know what a driver is doing, looking at them is pointless.
il padrone wrote:Looking for eye contact is a fairly dubious technique IMHO. Even if the windows are not tinted, the reflections off a closed window often preclude a good eye contact until it's too late, and some drivers will look at you and still go through.
I whole heartedly disagree here. When the road is clear apart from me and I don't see a driver make eye contact I will not proceed assuming the car has seen me. This has saved me SEVERAL TIMES from an collision one time the incident resulted in my riding partner colliding with the car as she did not brake while I did (I did let her know).
The fact that this has directly saved me from significant injury suggests it is not pointless.
il padrone wrote:3. Do not ease pedalling or coast at all - your continued pedal action is a de facto signal to the driver that you are proceeding; to coast suggests you are braking.
I don't do this unless I'm already going slowly. Generally if I'm concerned I will raise myself in the saddle to make myself more visible and stare intently at the driver I find this causes them to pause. It also puts me in a better position for evasive action and emergency braking. The last position I want to be in is sitting and still pedalling as reduces your ability for quick manoeuvring of the bike.