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.
Every road users has a responsibility to keep themselves and each other safe, and this mean being ready to give priority, leave space and be considerate of others.
Those who can do the greatest harm, have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.
When you're driving, you must be aware of pedestrians and you should:
- give people crossing or waiting to cross, priority when turning into and out of junctions
- 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
- allow at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road
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
- leave at least 1.5 meters when overtaking at speed up to 30mph, and give more space when overtaking at higher speed
- never overtake a cyclist and then turn left shortly afterwards
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
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 9and horse drawn vehicles) at a speed under 10mph
- give them plenty of room (at least 2 meters width) and be prepared to stop - be patient
- keep engine noise as low as possible and avoid sounding the horn
- car users should now open their doors with the hand furthest from the door, in order to help them look over their shoulder to see approaching motorcycles, cyclists or pedestrians nearby