Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is advising on sharing the road with other road users.
- Keep an eye out for motorcyclists and give them space.
- Use your mirrors so you see bikes approaching from behind. In particular check your mirrors before changing direction, especially in traffic queues.
- If a motorcyclist is trying to get past in heavy traffic, let them. Don’t try and impede their progress because you are stuck.
- Give clear and early signals to allow other road users time to react.
- Don’t cut up a cyclist when turning. Never overtake then turn left across their front wheel.
- Overtake gently. Passing a cyclist quickly might feel safe to you, but it doesn’t to the cyclist and the closer you are the more this is the case.
- Leave cyclists enough room when you pass them they’ll often have to move out to negotiate drains and potholes.
- Check for bikes before opening the driver’s door when you’ve parked.
Elstow said: “Sharing the road is an inevitable part of using it, as is the frustration that sometimes goes with that. But most road users don’t only use one mode of transport, so use that knowledge to be a bit more patient and understand the needs and risks of other road users.”