A big problem here in Florida are median left turn lanes partially obscured by vegetation and of course the worst driving Iíve ever experienced.
I look at riding as rolling chess trying to always have a 3D purview of my immediate surroundings and awareness of the placements of all the vehicles surrounding me.
In these semi urban type settings Iím always placing myself so as to have an automobile blocking me from the left when possible.
Youíve got to use the bikes power and agility to constantly place yourself in the most desirable position on the board.
When Approaching intersections Iíll try to place myself in the middle lane tightening up on cars in the fast lane but never overlapping when entering the intersection, barring this I slow down and expect the left turn even if they donít have the green as traffic signals are just suggestions for people down here.
I stand up on the pegs and have headlight flashers and hi vis gear, all of which seem to help, but I still AWAYS assume the driver doesnít see me and is going to do the stupidest thing possible which is often.
Donít be afraid to put the bike where you want, even if that means lane splitting.
Generally I think the loud pipes save lives is bs, I have stock pipes and when I wind it up, everyone around me knows Iím there but I never rely on that.
Your presence of mind saves your life !