A big part of being an all-around safe driver is knowing how to share the road with bicyclists. Whether it’s the start of spring or the tail end of fall, cyclists will be out on the roads with you, and it’s important that you know how to ensure their safety and your own.
Leave four feet of space
When passing a cyclist, the law requires that you always leave at least four feet of space between your vehicle and the bike. If it is not possible to create this much space, then you should not make any attempt to pass until it is possible to do so safely and legally.
Yield to bicyclists
Bicyclists should be treated as automobiles, which means that they should be yielded to just as you would yield to another vehicle. Give cyclists the right of way and grant them extra time when crossing intersections.
Be aware of your surroundings
Even after you have passed a cyclist, you should remain aware of their presence on the road. Look for cyclists when you are parked as well as when you are in motion, watching for them when you open car doors or when you park your vehicle.
Remain extra cautious of young cyclists
Children on bicycles will be unpredictable in comparison to the experienced adult. Because of this, it’s important for drivers to slow down when driving near young cyclists, and to expect them not to follow traffic laws.
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