3 Tips on Sharing the Road With Cyclists

Drivers in Tennessee may have noticed an influx of cyclists over the years. As a result, it’s crucial that drivers are aware of the proper methods of driving alongside cyclists in order to prevent a serious accident from occurring. In this case, esurance.com offers the following tips to ensure the safety and well-being of all who share the road.

Pass Cyclists Carefully

When approaching a cyclist from behind, it’s recommended that you approach slowly and cautiously. This serves a number of purposes; first, the drivers behind you will also decrease their speed. Secondly, slowing down will give you time to react should the cyclist make an unexpected maneuver. You should also leave about 4 feet between you and the bike rider at all times.

Stay Alert

A cyclist can easily end up in your vehicle’s blind spot (which are areas that can’t be seen from your mirrors). Remaining alert and aware to their presence is key in this case, especially at intersections. A bike rider may be making a turn and you could end up colliding if you’re not careful. Additionally, you should also look twice when exiting your vehicle after parking. Serious injuries can occur should a cyclist make contact with your door.

Know the Signals

Cyclists use hand signals when turning and making other maneuvers. For instance, a left turn is signaled by an extended arm in a horizontal position, while a right turn is indicated by an arm bent upwards at the elbow. If a bike rider is slowing to a stop, he or she may signal by bending an arm at the elbow but in a downward position.   

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