Drivers do not always have the road to themselves and anyone getting behind the wheel of a vehicle needs to be fully aware of their responsibility to protect not only themselves, but those around them as well.
As such, understanding the importance of how to safely travel in the company of other vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and mobility scooters, is essential.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) understands this and has therefore issued a number of recommendations to help drivers to stay safe when out and about, including:
- Stay alert at all times, especially when driving in areas that are likely to include vulnerable groups, such as in town centres or outside schools.
- Always think about where it is safe to park (ensuring vehicles do not pose a risk to the safety of others and do not block dropped kerbs or obstruct views for those wishing to walk in the area).
- Check mirrors regularly, especially in heavy traffic, as cyclists have a tendency to filter through traffic and could be a hazard.
- Junctions and roundabouts are some of the most high-risk areas for accidents. It is therefore essential to give extra care and attention when approaching and traversing these areas.
IAM director of standards Mark Lewis stated: "This is all about being aware there are more than just drivers on the roads. We share the road with many forms of transport and they all operate under different conditions.
"Please put yourself in their shoes and do not carry preconceptions about that form of transport based on any stories you hear. Have patience, and we will all get to where we want to go in one piece and arrive calmly."
Posted on 4th November 2015
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