How to Look Out for Bicyclists While Driving

Many of today's roadways incorporate a bicycle lane off to the side in which pedalers can ride. While these are usually well-marked, these lanes can pose a danger to bicyclists and drivers alike. Each has their own responsibilities for staying safe on the road. Here is what you, as a driver, should do to avoid mishaps.

Probably the most critical move you can make when you see a bicyclist ahead is to slow down. Make sure you are driving at, or even below, the posted speed limit and move over to allow at least three feet between your vehicle and the bicyclist.

Always remain alert wherever you are driving, even if there is no bicycle lane. Bicyclists can still use the roadway and are permitted by law to use the entire lane if there isn't a dedicated bicycle lane. When passing a bicyclist, always make sure to go slowly.

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