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Being aware of pedestrians, cyclists and horses on roads

​​​​​When you're driving you should take extra care to avoid collisions with vulnerable road users because a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider will always come off worse. Be especially careful when you're driving on our narrow country lanes.

Pedestrians

When you're driving, you must be aware of pedestrians and you should:

  • give pedestrians time and space to cross the road, especially the elderly and disabled
  • remember children may be difficult to see - they are easily distracted and may act unpredictably near roads.  Be prepared for the unexpected
  • never park on pavements - it is illegal and may force pedestrians onto the road in order to get past, particularly those with wheelchairs and pushchairs

Cyclists

Be aware that cyclists may be using the same road you're driving on. Be sure to:

  • always look out for cyclists and check for them in your mirrors
  • give cyclists plenty of room when overtaking them
  • never overtake a cyclist and then turn left shortly afterwards

Motorcyclists

You should always keep an eye out for other road users, including motorcyclists. You should:

  • always look out for motorcyclists and give them time and room
  • keep checking your mirrors for motorcyclists and always make sure that your nearside is clear when turning left and at roundabouts
  • take extra care when pulling out of junctions – always re-check for motorcyclists before pulling out

Horse riders

Horses are powerful animals which are easily frightened and can panic in traffic. You need to be aware that many horse riders may be children. Make sure you:

  • drive slowly past horses
  • give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop - be patient
  • keep engine noise as low as possible and avoid sounding the horn
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