The summer is officially over and students are pedaling their way to school every morning eager to learn. This means motorists should adopt more cautious habits. Here is a list of bicycle safety tips for motorists to help keep your children safe from bicycle accidents.
Cycling to School Safety: Motorists Do’s
Bicycle safety is not only for cyclists. Everybody on the road has a responsibility to keep each other safe. Remember that cyclists, especially children, are much slower than cars and require extra time and space from you as a motorist to get around.
- Do remember that cyclists are equal to motorists. The law is the same in every state; cyclists must obey the same laws as drivers of any other vehicle. Treat them equal to somebody in a car.
- Do double check before making a turn. If you plan to make a right turn, a rider beside you may not be able to avoid hitting your passenger side as you slow to turn. A left turn may also result in a crash if a cyclist is coming from the opposite direction faster than you anticipate.
- Do make sure that there are no riders coming alongside your car before opening your door. One of the most common types of bicycle to car accidents occurs when somebody opens a car door after parallel parking and a cyclist slams into it.
Bicycle Safety Tips for Motorists: Motorist Don’ts
- Don’t lose your patience. Cyclists understand that you want to get around them, but it’s not possible in every situation. Allow yourself extra time to:
- Wait for a safe opportunity to pass
- Give cyclists enough time to get through an intersection
- Provide enough space and time for a cyclist to avoid a road hazard
- Don’t honk at a cyclist or tailgate them. It may be necessary to honk your horn at a rider to warn them of danger, but do so lightly and from a distance. Honking while close to a cyclist can cause them to lose control and even have an accident. Also, do not tailgate a cyclist: they may be required to stop suddenly, and you may hit them.
- Don’t think that bicycling isn’t for you until you’ve tried it. Bring that bike out of the garage and take it around the block. Riding a bike is not only great for the environment, it’s great for you! You never know, you may never drive your car to work again. Even if you do end up going back to four wheels, you will at least have learned a little bit about what cyclists feel like on the road.
Injured in a San Diego Bicycle Accident?
If you or your child has been injured in a cycling accident in San Diego or the surrounding area, call our San Diego bicycle accident today. You can contact Dudek Law Firm APC at (858) 530-4800 or fill out our online form.