If you ever wonder how should I pass a bicyclist, ask yourself this, “How would I pass a tractor that takes up the entire road?” I’m sure that you slow down some what and give plenty of space so that no harm comes to you or your vehicle. Passing a bicyclist is no different.
The basic principles are to slow down and give plenty of space when passing. A bicyclist can loss control of his or her bike in the event of a car coming too close and no human life is worth the loss due to a speeding and careless motorist.
Here are some tips to pass a bicyclist correctly:
|Wait until the cyclist has cleared the intersection before making a turn to the right or left. The most common error for drivers is to make a left turn directly into the path of an oncoming cyclistÃ³without seeing the bicycle until it is too late to stop. Drivers will also frequently make right turns in front of cyclists they have just passed, cutting them off and causing crashes.|
|When passing a cyclist, slow down and make sure the bicycle rider is aware of your presence. Leave plenty of room between the bicycle and your vehicle. If there is no room to pass because of approaching traffic, wait until it has gone by, and then pass. The law requires that you pass at least two feet to the left of the bicycle, but you should leave more room if there is any danger that your vehicle’s windstream could cause the bicyclist to lose control.|
|Be careful while judging a bicycle’s speed. The bicycle might be traveling faster than you think. Drivers sometimes cut in front of bicycles too quickly, because they have not judged the bicycles’ speeds accurately.|
|Use extra caution during the morning and afternoon hours when cyclists are traveling.|