- Always check your mirrors for before turning.
- Watch out for cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on your near side when turning left or moving over to the left check mirrors and blind spots carefully.
- Allow at least a metre when overtaking cyclists or horses as they may have to avoid hazards like drains, potholes or debris on the road that you may not be able to see. You¹ll also need to avoid spooking the horse.
- When parking check the door mirror and look behind you before you open the door.
- When turning left allow any cyclist ahead of you to pass the junction rather than overtake them and turn sharply across their front wheel.
- Don't overtake a cyclist or horse if you can see that the road narrows ahead.
- Don't drive aggressively around cyclists or horses, sound your horn or rev your engine.
- Judge a cyclist's approaching speed with care before pulling out at a junction.
- Remember you must give way to all traffic including cyclists approaching from the right on roundabouts.
- Be prepared to wait behind a cyclist or horse turning right in the same way you would for a car.
- At night, use dipped headlights when approaching cyclists. Allow cyclists extra room in wet weather as surfaces will be wet and slippery.
- Always watch out for motorcyclists when emerging from a junction.
- Be extra cautious around schools, sports clubs and areas where children are active.
- If your visibility is reduced slow down and keep your eyes peeled.
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