Cycling on Britain’s roads can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, if you are a car driver you should be more than aware of how to pass cyclists without causing any danger. Since many people cycle on the roads, you will definitely come across your fair share of cyclists sooner or later.
One of the best tips for passing cyclists safely is to ensure you give them enough room. How much room? Well, many say they should have enough room to wobble. A cyclist may suddenly pull out slightly to avoid a pothole or drain cover. Make sure you take account of this. If you have to slow down and wait to overtake them because something is coming in the opposite direction, make sure you do so.
Be alert to them turning right
A cyclist should indicate their intention to turn right and pull out into the middle of the road to do so safely, long before the turning approaches. However, not all cyclists may do this. You may assume the cyclist is going straight on and they suddenly pull out without looking. This is another reason why you should always give them plenty of room – it can help minimise the chances of something going wrong.
If you are approaching traffic lights or a roundabout, and you have a cyclist on your left-hand side, never assume they are turning left. Many accidents are caused because drivers turn left in front of a cyclist and either knock into them or cause them to fall off their bike. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Use your mirrors
Always make sure you make good use of your mirrors, regardless of the speed you are travelling at or where you are. Cyclists can catch up with you if you are driving slowly, or can continue riding up the left-hand side of the road (or the right side, if turning right) without you realising if you are in stationary traffic.
Avoiding accidents is the best course of action, obviously. However, if you’ve been injured in a road accident of any kind in the past three years, make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline for no-obligation advice. We have a free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500, and it is open now. One call could help you work out whether a compensation claim could be successful for you to make.