Monday, 12 May 2014

Watch Out !! advice from the I A M

Summer sees an increase of cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders on the roads. They have as much right as car drivers to be there, but lack of understanding puts them at risk.

Cyclists

For drivers

  • Don't cut up a cyclist passing on the nearside when turning left. Never overtake them and turn left across their front wheel.
  • Overtake gently. Passing a cyclist quickly might feel safe to you, but it doesn't to the cyclist.
  • Leave cyclists enough room when you pass them – they'll often have to move out to negotiate drains and potholes.
  • Check for bikes before opening the driver's door when you've parked.

Motorcyclists

  • Use your mirrors regularly so you see bikes approaching from behind. Be particularly careful when changing direction, especially in traffic queues.
  • If a motorcyclist is trying to get past in heavy traffic, let them. Don't try and hinder their progress because you are stuck.
  • Give clear and early signals to allow motorcyclists and other road users time to react.
  • Don't cut up a motorcyclist passing on the nearside when turning left. Never overtake then turn left across their front wheel.
  • Check for motorcycles before opening the driver's door when you've parked.

Horse riders

Horses, like people, are individuals and will react differently. Always give them space when passing, and don't risk startling them by rushing up or making any sudden noises. Horse riders often ride side by side to protect less experienced and nervous riders and horses in traffic. In urban areas they do this so they don't get squeezed by traffic.  Riders are reluctant to take a horse onto a grass verge – if the grass is short it could be someone's property, and if it's long they can't see what is in amongst it Horses are unpredictable so always give them enough space,  Horses don't like being stood still for long periods, if you are stopped in a queue, don't get too close.  If you catch a horse up, yourself so the horse can see the vehicle it is hearing. This is even more important in a hybrid or electric car.The taller your vehicle, the more room the horse needs.  In traffic most riders won't use the right hand lane to turn right, as this puts the horse between lanes of moving traffic.  Many riders will try to communicate with you – make eye contact if you can. If the horse reacts to the vehicle ahead, let it settle down before you try to pass – don't rush to get past quickly, it makes things worse.  Drivers of horse boxes will avoid stopping for a smoother ride and leave longer following distances, so don't cut in front of them.

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