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How to Safely Share the Road with Bicyclists

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Ontario Auto Center has the best car deals in Ontario. And when you drive home in that car, we want you and those around you to be safe. As the weather warms up, more people are taking to the road on bikes. So, it’s extra important for motorists to be careful when navigating around them. Here are some tips on how to drive safely around bicyclists who are near your car.

How to Drive Carefully Around Bicyclists

If there are bike lanes, keep them clear for bikes as it makes for less congestion on the road. It’s easy to be tempted to stray into the bike lane. If there’s a zone dedicated to two-wheel transport, it’s best to not drive your car on that section of the road.

Giving bicyclists the right of way is always the safest option to take. This means they can take their time to navigate a junction or corner without feeling pressured to stop or move out of your way.

When passing a bicyclist, go slowly and give them plenty of room. Going too quickly past someone on a bicycle can cause them to lose balance. This could make them have an accident. Reduce your speed and give them a wide berth when you’re navigating around them.

Always be cautious when turning, especially if there is a bicyclist on the right side of the road. It is easy to not see a rider because of blind spots. Because of this, you should always check your mirrors before making a turn.

Always be vigilant for people on bikes, especially children as they are smaller so may be harder to spot. It’s important to consider that a child may not be as aware of their surroundings as an adult, so they may not know how to be safe. If you look out for them and give way whenever you can, they are more likely to stay safe on the road.

Don’t assume that everyone on a bike knows what they’re doing. Just as other road vehicles can make maneuvers without warning, bikes can be just as unpredictable. If a bicyclist encounters a pothole or slippery patch on the road, they are likely to make a sudden swerve to avoid it. Driving too close won’t allow you to respond to their swerving in time.

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