While it may be frustrating to have to share the road with cyclists, we must learn to coexist with one another and respect each other’s boundaries.
That said, it’s extra important for motorists to be on high alert when driving near cyclists. Here are three safety tips to help you drive safely near bicyclists:
#1 - Understand that cyclists are more vulnerable than motorists.
Many drivers view cyclists in a negative light because they perceive that the road is for cars and cyclists are simply putting themselves in unnecessary risk. Regardless of your opinion, bicyclists are here to stay and are inherently in a more vulnerable position than car drivers.
Keep this in mind when driving near cyclists and remember to treat them with care and consideration.
#2 - Check twice before passing.
It’s critical to pass bicyclists safely. You can do this by:
- Checking that they are continuing on their current path, and aren’t planning on turning or taking similar action.
- Double-check that no traffic is coming in the opposite direction, as you may need to overlap into the other lane.
- Give cyclists a wide berth. If you drive too closely, you could run into issues, or the cyclist may need to swerve suddenly. Three feet is required by law.
#3 - Check twice before making a right turn.
All of the tips from #2 apply when making right turns, but you should always pay extra attention in this circumstance. If a cyclist goes straight and you turn, you could cause a crash.
You may think that you are able to drive quick enough to avoid cutting off a cyclist when turning, but it’s important to be mindful of the amount of time you truly have and play it safe if you’re unsure.
If you’ve been hurt in a bicycle accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to recover compensation. We want to see that you get it.
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