Atlanta Car Dealer: Sharing The Road With Cyclists

Your Atlanta Car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to remind you to watch out for cyclists this summer while driving. Cycling has seen a boon in the recent years due to inflating gas prices and consequently there are more on the road these day. Did you know that Cyclists are legal operators of vehicles and have a right to occupy space on our road ways. Now cyclists have responsibilities while on the road too, but this post is more for you drivers out there. A car vs. cyclist collision can and often results in terrible injuries and many times death. The last thing you want is to hit a cyclist because you were neglectful of your responsibilities as a driver.

  • Avoid all distractions. That means stay off of your phone and pay attention.
  • Yield to bikes when turning.
  • Give them a little extra space when passing them in poor weather.
  • Keep a visual check for bikes by checking your mirrors when turning.
  • Give a cyclist some extra room when passing them. Three feet is a good distance.
  • Reduce your speed when passing bike.
  • Don’t honk at a cyclist, it can startle them and potentially cause a dangerous maneuvering error.
  • Check you blind spots when opening your door if you are parked on the shoulder of a road way.
  • Watch for kids; they are much harder to see and in some areas are more prolific than adult riders

Remember, cars aren’t the only vehicles you share the road with. With the increase in bicycle usage due to higher gas prices, chances of you encountering a cyclist on suburban and city roads is highly likely. How many times have you blown right by a person riding a bike and didn’t think twice about the “What If…” scenario. As in “what if” that cyclist swerved in front of me, or fell as a result of you passing too closely.

The bottom line is, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to remind you to respect those your share the roadways with, even if their vehicle of choice doesn’t have an engine.

 

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