Driving carefully around cyclists is so important because they lack the protection that a motor vehicle provides. What would be a fender bender with another car could seriously injure or kill a cyclist.
As we approach the end of summer, maybe you’ve already had some close calls with cyclists. To prevent any more from happening, we’ve thrown together some tips for sharing the road with cyclists.
Yield To Life, an organization that promotes safety concerning bicycles, explains how important it is to have patience around cyclists. If there is oncoming traffic or if you are unable to see ahead because of a curve or obstruction, simply wait to pass the cyclist in front of you.
When turning right, check your right side view mirror to see if there is a cyclist on your right that looks to be heading straight through the intersection.
When turning left, make sure that an oncoming cyclist is not riding straight through the intersection. Cyclists can often be hard to pick out in a busy intersection.
No cyclist appreciates getting “doored.” This happens when someone in a parked car opens the door to get out without checking their side view mirror first.
Overall, one of the best tips for sharing the road with cyclists to just to expect them. By expecting them and making an effort to look for them, you’ll never be surprised when they appear.