When I raced M/X, I developed the good habit of having my index finger resting on top of the front brake lever so that I could apply the brake in an instant. That good habit saved me yesterday as I was crossing two lanes of traffic with my view of traffic coming from my right was obscured by traffic backed up at a red light. As I eased forward looking for traffic coming from my right, I was at the point where I thought it was clear only to suddenly see a speeding sub-compact coming from my right. I couldn't see it because of a large pickup truck blocking my view. If I hadn't had that finger at the ready, I most likely would have hit, or been hit. It was also a good thing that I was being so cautious and was totally aware of the blind area. It DID cause my heart rate to soar quickly because this was a near miss. My finger now naturally goes to the lever anytime I straddle the the bike without me having to think about it. I have my brake lever rotated about 15 degrees down from level so that this angle is comfortable for my hand. Anyone else do this?