mjr wrote:To the contrary: they contain the perspective of a driver who knows that it's quite simple to do like the highway code says and treat cyclists like a small car and all the victim-blaming and self-loathing telling people to wear special clothes is enabling and prolonging our current might-makes-right broken British road environment.
I generally conclude that people who make claims about how good a driver they are, are often mistaken (unless they have passed the Advanced Driving test).
I don't consider myself to be a particularly good driver, and I am not an Advanced Driver, but I did get some additional instruction after passing my test. Part of the instruction was on looking further ahead on the road to see potential hazards etc. as soon as possible in order to be able to react to them sooner, in order to reduce the potential risk of an accident. For example, on a motorway that would mean monitoring what was happening 1 or 2 miles ahead (or further if there was more visibility). If as a result I could see that in a mile or two it would be necessary to change lane or reduce speed, it would maximise the time for me to do so, allowing me to wait for a good gap to change lane, or allowing me to reduce speed simply by taking my foot off the accelerator, reducing or ideally even eliminating the need to brake. Similarly driving simulators test the ability to identify potential hazards early/as soon as they become visible.
One of the things I was taught to do on the motorway was to anticipate the need of cars to join from a slip road ahead, and if lane 2 was clear (and no car was about to move into it from lane 3) to move into lane 2 in order to make it easier for cars to enter lane 1 from the slip road. I would have had right of way to stay in lane 1 and make it more difficult for those cars to join the motorway, but that would not have been good driving. Good driving - and good cycling - is not just about being legally in the right.
A lot of safe driving is about maximising the time to react to the road conditions and hazards. Hence my comment about you seemingly lacking the perspective of a driver. Your emphasis on how you observe speed limits when others don't, suggests to me that you think that that demonstrates that you are a good driver.
A good driver will want to be able to spot hazards as far ahead as possible, and in the case of cyclists completely all black kit in some environments and lighting conditions will be visible to a driver much later than a rider with more brightly coloured clothing or a good rear flashing light. That will reduce the available reaction time for the driver, which in turn increases the risk of a near miss or an accident. That such drivers would like cyclists to be more easily visible is not 'victim blaming', and wearing kit that makes it easier for other road users to see you, is not 'self-loathing', but simply recognition that roads are inherently dangerous and making it easier for other road users to see you well in advance can reduce risk, just as moving into lane 2 on a motorway in the example above makes it easier and safer for cars joining from a slip road.
As for car colour, a black car will not be completely black in the way that a cyclists wearing all black kit can be. Viewed from behind there will be various non-black elements of trim etc., including the number plate. Even the gloss clear coat over the black paint will reflect light in a way that black clothing will not. Moreover, the difference in speed between two cars travelling in the same direction on a carriageway is likely to be a lot less than the difference in speed between a car and bike. The large difference in speed between cars and bikes and the resulting reduced reaction time is a much bigger factor than the impact of car colour on car/car interactions.