Awareness and Vulnerable Road Users
Awareness and vulnerable road users:
Cyclists and pedestrians are what we would class as vulnerable road users. It is very important that you have a good attitude towards them and recognize the problems that face them on the busy roads of today.
Cyclists and motorcyclists:
1. Cannot be seen as easily.
2. Are more prone to injury if involved in an accident.
3. Can move through queuing traffic between cars. They are not always seen.
4. Can ride bicycles from a young age.
5. Are affected by adverse weather conditions and slippery road surfaces more easily.
1. Cannot be seen easily.
2. Can step out from behind parked vehicles.
3. If young, can be quick and unpredictable.
4. If old, can be slow, have poor eyesight and misjudge distances.
5. Some may be handicapped.
6. Some may be deaf.
7. Some may be visually impaired with a white stick (red band if also deaf).
Dealing with Cyclists:
When passing a cyclist, you should give them as much room as a car. Imagine if they fell to one side. Would you drive over them?
Anticipate their actions:
Remember that the cyclist may swerve in windy conditions or maybe to avoid a drain. Drains are very slippery, and the cyclist may go around them. Is the cyclist approaching a parked vehicle? Are they looking over their right shoulder ready to move to the right? You can’t overtake then.
Take care at junctions to spot cyclists. When approaching a left turn you must check your left side for any cyclists on your left. When emerging at junctions (Think once, Think twice, Think bike)
In queues of traffic keep checking behind for any cyclists approaching from the rear. Young cyclists are especially vulnerable. You must keep an eye on them. If there is a cycle lane then do not drive in it.
Dealing with Pedestrians:
You should always treat pedestrians with courtesy and consideration. Take note not just that there is a pedestrian there but what type of pedestrian they are. Some are far more vulnerable than others, so you should pay attention and slow down if needed. Particularly vulnerable are the young, the elderly, a mother with children and people walking dogs (Is it on a lead? If so what type of lead? Is it extendable?)
Anticipate where you would encounter the pedestrians:
1. Busy high streets.
2. A bus at the roadside.
3. Around parked cars and ice-cream vans.
4. Outside schools at home time.
5. As you turn left into roads you can’t see into.
6. On roads without footpaths.
Remember you must give way to all pedestrians already crossing a road you are turning into. Never wave or beckon a pedestrian to cross the road.