Throughout 2019, we’ll be blogging with quick and easy tips for everyone who drives for work. Helping you and your fleet stay safe on the roads. First up, we’ve got a two part look at how both cyclists and drivers can share the road safely…
Part one: Drivers
You encounter them on most of your journeys for work. You have to take action every time you do, but how much care and attention do you really pay to cyclists on the road?
It can be easy to forget that cyclists don’t have anywhere near the same protection as you do in your vehicle. Even minor contact can result in serious injury.
It is strongly recommended that cyclists don’t come over and have a chat whilst you’re driving (although the traffic on the main roads in to Birmingham does sometimes provide an opportunity!), but if they could there’d be a number of things they’d want you to know:
Looking at the above, it’s probably no surprise to learn that 75% of collisions involving a bike occur at junctions. What’s more, the most common cause is drivers failing to look properly.
Whilst the ‘sorry mate, I didn’t see you’ line is often trotted out, it doesn’t really wash. The average cyclist travels at 12mph, so they’re hardly appearing out of nowhere. What actually happens is the driver did not look for long enough or was not expecting to see a cyclist.
Here are seven top tips for reducing the risk of accidents at junctions:
Stay alert, remember all of those tips and you should be able to safely share the road with cyclists.
Next time, we’ll look at the situation from the other angle – what can cyclists do to help everybody share the road in harmony?
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The 2019 RoSPA Road Safety Conference takes place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Wednesday, February 13. You can book your place HERE