Safety first - and prevent injury, damage or worse! That is the message from our legal experts after seeing this horror cycling accident on video.
As the current good weather sees a growing number of cyclists hitting our streets – especially in rural areas – the Personal Injury team at Wilkin Chapman wants drivers and cyclists to take care and BE SAFE.
Riders without helmets are 14 times more likely to suffer from fatal head injuries compared to those who are wearing head protection;
You should follow the same traffic laws as an average motorist – stop at red lights, do not use walkways and ride with the traffic flow;
Keep a safe distance from parked cars. Do NOT listen to music while riding. Keep 100 per cent focused on the road.
Keep your speed appropriate to the traffic and road conditions.
You should be aware of the dreaded pothole!
Be careful when riding in a group. Cycling more than two abreast is not illegal, but it is certainly not recommended, and cyclists should ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and around bends.
Lights, reflectors, brakes – all must be in good order.
Allow a minimum of 1.5 metres distance from the object you are overtaking, no matter what it is.
Use your indicators in good time – let others know your intentions
Look out for cyclists, be aware they may be around the next bend or coming out from the next junction
Pay attention – if a cyclist is looking over their shoulder, they will more than likely be preparing for a manoeuvre. Give them space to do it.
Remember, cyclists have little protection and are likely to be affected by road and weather conditions – they may veer out to avoid a pothole or be blown by strong winds. Give them room
Check your mirror before opening your car door.
Always check your passenger mirror when turning left.
Happy motoring and happy cycling – be safe on our roads!