Being able to safely overtake cyclists on the roads is an increasingly important skill for drivers in the United Kingdom. Cycling has exploded in terms of popularity in the last decade. The stunning exploits of Sirs Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins et al have seen millions of us take our two wheels to the road.
How can I safely overtake cyclists on the roads?
Whilst this has been a fantastic boon for the cycling industry and undoubtedly improved health for millions, it’s also presented some problems. Cycling accidents on the road rarely pass off without serious consequences. There also seems to be an increasing amount of ill feeling between cyclists and motorists, something the wave of viral videos has done little to help.
At the end of the day, everyone out on the road just wants to reach their destination safely. The best way for everyone to achieve that is to look out for each other and stay safe. Here are a few tips to help ensure you safely overtake cyclists on the roads.
- Give yourself time and space
As with cars, you should only every overtake cyclists on a long stretch of straight road. Being able to see what is coming up ahead is essential when it comes to avoiding road traffic accidents.
When you go past, there’s no need to hammer the accelerator. Your car will easily outpace a bike so don’t take any unnecessary speed risks.
You should also give yourself and the cyclist plenty of space. Bikes obviously don’t take up much of the road, but they could swerve suddenly or suffer a puncture. Being involved in an accident with a cyclist will delay you a lot longer than being stuck behind one for a bit.
You should treat overtaking a bike in essentially the same way as you would a car. Indicating lets motorists behind you know of your intentions. It will stop anyone behind you trying to pass you and the bike at the same time.
Can I claim for a road accident with a cyclist?
If you are injured in an incident on the road that wasn’t your fault then you can make a claim, no matter the vehicles involved.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on the way to the compensation you deserve. Talk to our expert advisors today by calling 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice