Driving and Cycling Safety
As the weather is picking up, many are getting back on their bikes for work and leisure. Although it’s the most convenient and cheapest mode of transport, cycling on the road can be dangerous at times, particularly in busy cities.
Both drivers and cyclists share the road, so it’s important to be considerate and aware of each other. We have advice for both parties so you can be road safe and prevent avoidable accidents.
Advice for drivers
Keep in mind that cyclists have the same rights as drivers on the road and they are far more vulnerable than you. It’s important to take extra care when driving near cyclists, always being aware and patient.
- Always check your mirrors for cyclists before turning and ensure you’re indicating. Cyclists can often appear out of nowhere!
- Give as much room as safely possible when over-taking, as they may have to avoid hazards like debris or drains. Take extra care in wet weather too
- When turning left, let cyclists ahead of you to pass the junction, rather than overtaking and turning in front of them
- Once parked, always check your mirrors for passing cyclists before opening the door
- Prepare to wait behind a cyclist when turning. If it were a car you would wait, so the same applies
- Take extra care when approaching roundabouts. You still must give way to cyclists like any other vehicle
- If you’re unsure of what the cyclist is doing or where they’re going, slow down and assess the situation before assuming what they might do
- Cyclists are like any other vehicle user but more vulnerable. Don’t drive aggressively around them or sound your horn, be patient and safe
Advice for cyclists
Although as cyclists you are more vulnerable, you also need to make the effort and consider drivers on the road. You can also be proactive and take extra precautions to cycle safely on the road.
- Always have your full attention on what is going on around you and be aware of other vehicles
- Be sure to use the correct hand signals when making a turn
- Wear appropriate clothing. This includes bright or reflective garments, as well as a helmet
- Invest in good quality lights to use after dark. It is recommended that you get white for the front and red for the rear. If caught without lights, you can be fined £30
- When passing any vehicle, be aware of the driver’s blind spot. If you’re unsure whether they’ve acknowledged you, wait and reassess
- Make sure that you follow road traffic rules, including stopping at red traffic lights. You can be fined £30 if you cycle through a red light
- It’s best to wait at the front at traffic lights and use the advanced stop line for cyclists when possible
- When cycling past parked vehicles, ride in a straight line rather than dodging between them. It’s advised to allow a full doors width, just in case drivers suddenly open them without checking
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