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We all have to share the road so it's important to be safe and considerate when driving or cycling.

Read our tips to help keep everyone safe on the roads.

Tips for drivers

Cyclists are among the most vulnerable on the roads. Drivers need to understand their vulnerability and how to share the road with them safely. 


  • Always look for cyclists especially at junctions.
  • Always check your mirrors and blind spots for cyclists whether you are moving or stationary.
  • Legally, a cyclist can use the entire lane.
  • Usually, a cyclist will take a mid lane position to deter overtaking at vulnerable locations like narrow road, junctions and blind bends.
  • Cyclists may not always give a hand signal as they need both hands for steering and braking.
  • Always wait if you are unsure of their intention, wait for them to make their manoeuvre.


  • Overtake a cyclist in the same way your would another vehicle.
  • Give cyclists at least 1.5m clearance in slow moving traffic. At higher speeds or in bad weather a full car width is recommended.
  • Plan ahead and wait until it is safe to overtake.
  • Do not overtake near a junction, pedestrian crossing or roundabout.
  • Never overtake just before a left turn you plan to take.
  • Rule 66 of the Highway Code allows cyclists to ride side by side.

Road positioning and general driving

  • Even if there is a cycle path or cycle lane, sometimes cyclists need to be on another part of the road to make a turn or make themselves visible.
  • Concentrate on your driving at all times. Cycling feels hazardous when drivers are too close so please give cyclists space and be patient.

Tips for cyclists

When you are cycling there are lots of things you can do to help drivers see you and keep yourself safe. 

Be seen

  • Fluorescent by day, reflective by night. Wear appropriate clothing including a helmet.
  • Your bike must have lights on at night and a rear reflector (rule 60 Highway Code)

Avoid blind spots

  • Lorries have blind spots in front of the cab, on both sides and behind. If you can't see the mirrors, they can't see you.

Watch for doors

  • Leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles. Doors could be opened into your path.

Eye contact and clear intentions

  • Always try to make eye contact with other road users to make sure you have been seen.
  • Keep an eye on the wheels of a vehicle to spot when it is starting to move.
  • Signal well in advance and only manoeuvre when it is safe to do so.
  • Stop signalling when you turn.

Look and listen

  • Check what is happening around you at all times.
  • Look well ahead for hazards such as drains, potholes and parked vehicles. Check behind you.
  • Listen for traffic and avoid using headphones.
  • Some larger vehicles have 'turning left' warnings.