How's My Driving Blog
Look out for Cyclists!
The hard hitting facts:
In 2013, 109 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads, whilst a total of 19,438 were injured in some form. These figures only include claims that were brought forward to the police, many casualties are not reported to the police, despite being seriously injured. The statistics of cyclist casualties are continuing to rise year on year as the amount of people cycling to and from work, and for pleasure has increased.
Advice for the driver:
CHECK, SPACE, SIGNAL
- Always remember to check for cyclists before you open your car door!
- Always give cyclists plenty of space when over-taking them, it is suggested that you leave as much room as you would if you were over-taking a car. If it is not safe to overtake, then hold back and wait.
- Always signal as early as possible to give the cyclist plenty of warning of what your driving intentions are going to be.
Advice for the cyclist:
AVOID, GAP, VISIBILITY
- Try and avoid cycling on the inside of LGV/HGV vehicles, where you might not be easily seen. Remember to always make eye contact with drivers where you can – they can’t see you if you can’t seem them.
- Make sure you leave enough of a gap between yourself and the kerb when cycling, especially in poor weather conditions.
- Always try and wear reflective clothing when cycling, despite of the weather conditions. All reflective accessories will increase your visibility. Don’t forget your helmet and lights too!
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09 November 2015