Cyclists have the same rights on the road and as a driver you should remember that you are sharing the road with cyclists.
Cyclists are more vulnerable than car users – take particular care near cyclists and give them plenty of room at all times.
- Expect cyclists in unexpected places – always check your mirrors for cyclists before turning.
- If you’re uncertain as to the intention of another road user – including cyclists – hold back rather than risk a wrong assumption.
- Watch out for cyclists coming up on your near side when turning left or moving over to the left – check mirrors and blind spots carefully.
- Give as much room as practically possible when over-taking a cycle – they may have to move out to avoid hazards like 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 – if they’re travelling faster than you think you could end up squeezing them off the road.
- Don’t drive aggressively around cyclists or sound your horn
- Cyclists may be travelling faster than you think (could be 20mph plus) – 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 if you drive or park in a cycle lane marked with a solid white line.
- Don’t drive into the ‘advanced stop area’ for cyclists at lights – it is against the Highway Code.
- Match your speed to the conditions and make sure you will be able to stop well within the distance that you can see to be clear – on country roads there could be a group of cyclists, a horse rider or pedestrians around the next bend.
- At night, use dipped headlights when approaching cyclists as you would when approaching any other road user.
- Allow cyclists extra room in wet weather as surfaces will be wet and slippery.
- Consider riding a bicycle for some of your own journeys to get a better understanding of the risks cyclists face.
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