Guidance for drivers
Following are some tips for drivers, to ensure the safety of cyclists:
- Watch out for cyclists. Be cautious and stay alert for the sake of their safety, either make an eye contact with them or use your car horn where possible to give them an indication you have seen them. Give them signals by using your car indicators to convey your intentions and also look out for signals given by them.
- Enable other motorists and bikers to keep a distance and give the cyclists space, where possible e.g giving cyclists space at traffic lights. Public Health England suggests road users to keep a distance of approximately two metres from other vehicles, as well as pedestrians, where possible.
- One must expect more cyclists on the road than normal while driving, particularly during peak hours of the day when roads are full of vehicles.
- When planning to surpass a cyclist, give them enough space, to avoid causing them any injury.
- Make sure to always watch out for cyclists when carrying out actions like opening the door of your car, pulling out at a junction, or when manoeuvring, as they might be somewhere nearby and get hurt.
- For the safety and ease of cyclists, the traffic lights area has ‘Advanced lines’ on the road which signals vehicles to stop, allowing road users that are exposed to the possibility of being harmed (unprotected) (e.g. cyclists) to get to the front of all the vehicles, making them more visible, so they become more prominent. You are supposed to stop at the first white line you reach if the lights are yellowish-orange or red. When the traffic signal colour turns green, provide your fellow road users with enough time and space required to start their vehicle and drive off.
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