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Motorists urged to be wary of cyclists on the road over summer

Thursday 18 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Motorists urged to be wary of cyclists on the road over summer

Motorists urged to be wary of cyclists on the road over summer

IAM RoadSmart is urging motorists to be more aware of other road users over the summer months, particularly cyclists.

With British cycling experiencing huge success at the Rio Olympics, more and more people are dusting their bicycles off and hitting the road.

Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and road standards, said: “With interest in cycling at an all-time high it is inevitable more riders will take to the road to emulate their Olympic heroes.

“Until we have more extensive cycling infrastructure, responsible and safe driving is the only way to ensure the wellbeing of all road users.”

Motorists are being advised to keep cyclists and scooters in mind when on the road, and to check their mirrors before driving off. Increased caution at junctions is also being encouraged. These are particularly hazardous for cyclists, as they are often hard to see. Larger vehicles are normally spotted before they are.

The organisation is also discouraging motorists from aggressively sounding their car’s horn, as this may confuse cyclists and increase the chances of an accident occurring.

More children will be out on their bikes over the summer holidays, too. Drivers need to be aware of children cycling on pavements as well as roads, and also any unsupervised children playing. They are likely to be unfamiliar with their surroundings, so give them more distance than you would adult cyclists.

The greatest piece of advice given by IAM is to put yourself in the cyclist’s position when driving.