Split lanes for the 1st time in my life last year on my cross-country trip, (in northern San Diego county); scared the crap out of me. Going 10-15 mph and continually had to honk my horn to get people to give me room. Did it for about 3 miles then got a chance to move all the way to the right lane; a little here & a little there. Took the first exit, parked the bike, and after I stopped shaking I went into a Denny's, got a bite to eat and waited for the traffic to clear. Like I said, scared the crap out of me.
When you live in Cali splitting lanes is of the norm here.
I have been splitting lanes now for 37 years now and I have been down 3 times in that 37 years.
Going down is never good or fun I can tell you first hand.
I had thanked the man above those three times because I walked away without any huge injuries.
I ride 110 miles to work and back five days a week on the worst freeway in the country, the 405 freeway.
I split lanes everyday and I can tell you, you gain a six sense on what the cagers are going to do.
To most that will not make any sense what so ever but the guys that split all the time will know exactly what I'm talking about.
I think it's time for me to do another GoPro video showing what I do year round.
I had one up a couple of years ago and the guys on the forum thought splitting was just plain crazy so I removed it from YouTube.
Six Sense, Luck, & Balls is what it takes to split lanes without any issues but nothing is a guarantee as far as your saftey.
Because I split lanes all the time, whenever I am with a large group, the guys always have me lead, LOL.
Ride to your abilities, f-ck the phone while riding, ride aggressive but smart.
Make sure they see you or hear you and 99.9% of the time your good to go.