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But sometimes accidents can happen – especially if you’re cycling on the road during winter. Almost 92% of cycling accidents involve a car. The cold, wet and sometimes windy weather can be even more hazardous for cyclists. Here a few quick cycling safety tips for the winter:
Road Safety Tips for Cyclists
- Ensure you’re riding a doors width away from parked cars in case anyway gets out
- Always stop at red lights – no excuses!
- Rise centrally in narrower lanes to avoid contact with other cars.
- Always wear a correctly fitted helmet and high vis clothing, even during the day as you can’t predict the weather (fog, clouding over, heavy rain, etc)
- Make sure all lights on your bicycle are working. Turn them on when it’s foggy, very cloudy or heavy rain, as well as at night.
- Never ride alongside large vehicles such as buses, coaches or HGVs. You may be in the driver’s blind spot.
- Observe the Highway Code, it’s there for a reason
- Always be polite and make eye-contact with drivers so you know they’ve seen you.
- Always signal to drivers as to which direction you intend to go
- Keep clear of the kerb
Road Safety Tips for Motorists
- Look out for cyclists at junctions
- When getting out of the car, watch out for any cyclists riding past before you open the door
- Leave room for cyclists at traffic lights
- Always signal for cyclists so they know where you intend to turn
- You can overtake cyclists as long as you give them enough room
- Never intimidate cyclists, even if their speed is slower. Remain patient and polite.