Thursday, 18 February 2016

Keep Cyclists' Safe - AA Advice to Drivers


Despite what you might expect the AA see positive benefits in encouraging more people to cycle. They are therefore keen to ensure motorists are considerate to cyclists Here’s a summary of their advice.

  • ·        Expect cyclists in unexpected places – always check your mirrors for cyclists before turning.
  • ·        If you're uncertain as to the intention of a cyclist – hold back rather than risk a wrong assumption.
  • ·        Watch out for cyclists coming up on your near side when turning or moving left – check mirrors and blind spots carefully.
  • ·        Give as much room as practically possible when over-taking a cycle – Highway Code Rule 163 illustrates one car's width – they may have to move out to avoid drains, potholes or debris on the road that you may not be able to see.
  • ·        When parking check the door mirror and look behind you before you open the door to make sure you don't hit a cyclist.
  • ·        When turning left allow any cyclist ahead of you to pass the junction rather than overtake them and turn sharply across their front wheel.
  • ·        Don't overtake a cyclist if you can see that the road narrows ahead.
  • ·        Don't drive aggressively around cyclists or sound your horn.
  • ·        Cyclists may be travelling faster than you think - judge their approaching speed with care before pulling out at a junction.
  • ·        Take special care on roundabouts – you must give way to any vehicle approaching from the right and that includes cyclists.
  • ·        Be prepared to wait behind a cyclist turning right in the same way you would for a car – rather than squeezing past or getting impatient.
  • ·        Don't park in cycle lanes – you could be forcing a cyclist into a dangerous situation and will be committing a road traffic offence.
  • ·        Don't drive into the 'advanced stop area' for cyclists at lights.
  • ·        Match your speed to the conditions and make sure you can stop well within the distance that you can see to be clear – on country roads there could be a group of cyclists around the next bend.
  • ·        At night, use dipped headlights when approaching cyclists
  • ·        Allow cyclists extra room in wet weather.
  • Consider riding a bicycle for some of your own journeys to get a better understanding of the risks cyclists face.
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