Motorists up and down the country are regularly faced with vulnerable road users, so knowing how to safely handle these situations is imperative.
With that in mind, UK road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart has published a list of top tips aimed at drivers to ensure they have the essential skills to safeguard themselves and others.
Share your space and stay safe
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards, stated: “The importance of sharing the road space and understanding the needs of other road users cannot be stressed enough.
“If we are aware of vulnerable road users, we can make provisions to keep us all safe. Remember to treat others how you would like to be treated.”
His top tips for safer driving include:
- Pass cyclists when it’s safe to do so: Try not to sit behind cyclists for too long, but when passing always remember to leave sufficient space so not to buffet them or pull them off course with the wake of your passing air.
- Be aware of pedestrians: Watch out for children, elderly people or other vulnerable individuals who may encroach on the road. Cut your speed in built-up areas and always be ready to stop.
- Be vigilant for motorcyclists: Especially at junctions or when merging in traffic, keep an eye out for bikers and remember to check your mirrors and blind spots before any manoeuvre.
- Avoid scaring horses: Pass horse riders slowly and always give them a wide berth. Remember that a horse is an animal and, as such, can easily be scared if a large metal object goes whizzing past without warning.
These are just some of the vulnerable road users that drivers will regularly face. As a result, it’s important for every motorist to remain vigilant at all times and to have their wits about them, as you should never switch off when behind the wheel.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Appreciating the dangerous nature of driving is essential for every motorist. Often, car users can feel cocooned within their vehicle, but they should always be aware of what is going on around them.”