It’s no secret that there’s an ongoing issue with the relationship between two-wheeled and four-wheeled road users. The likelihood of this partnership showing any developments remains to be seen. However, the main topic that cyclists and vehicle owners (especially professional drivers) can agree on, is the issue of road safety. If cyclists and HGV drivers could sing from the same hymn sheet, this would be a step closer to keeping a harmonious relationship. In order for this to work, it’s important for cyclists and professional drivers to stay vigilant and aware of who they’re sharing the road with. We’ve put together some of the most important safety measures for both cyclists and vehicle users.
For a cyclist, a high level of concentration is needed on the road, not only is it important to look out for your surroundings but you need to make sure that you’re being seen too. When it comes to anticipating a driver’s turning intentions, never second guess in the event that an indicator isn’t used – a prime situation for a collision. On the subject of indicating, know your own signalling for the road is vital – from the right or left turn to showing that you’re slowing down with one arm slightly extended to the side with the palm facing down and raising your hand up and down at wrist height. To signal that you’re stopping, use one arm extended vertically upwards with the palm facing forward. To help you further communicate on the road, it’s absolutely vital to have and use a bell. Whether you’re a serious cyclist or you use your bike casually from time to time, make sure to maintain your bike and have it looked over by a professional at least once a year.
For professional drivers and other motorists, it’s imperative to check your blind spots before pulling away from a fixed position. Waiting to check all mirrors and your blind spot could be the difference between noticing a cyclist and a potential accident. For HGVs, the driver is of course sitting higher up than a standard vehicle and, with this in mind, the blind spots are even more important to take note of. Much like the cyclists, signalling your direction is vital – and the earlier the better to make other people aware to reduce any risks.
In an ideal world, if all roads users could accept that everyone has equal right to use our roads, this would make a considerable difference to the relationship between professional drivers and cyclists.
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