#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Keep an Eye Out for Bicyclists
On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see.
Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. According to the National Safety Council, The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.
• When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your vehicle and the cyclist.
• When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.
• If you’re turning right and a bicyclist is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first. Always use your turn signals.
• Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling. Children especially have a tendency to do this.
• Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.
• Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.
• Check side mirrors before opening your car door.