September 25, 2012

Vulnerable Road Users

As mentioned in the Highway Code, the most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. It goes onto to say that you need to be aware of children, older and disabled people, and learner drivers. With this is mind you need to be cautious when driving and take particular caution when you are driving in the vicinity of schools and areas where elderly people are. But also, you must pay extra attention when you are in crowded placed, driving past bus and tram stop, passing parked vehicles, reversing into a side road and turning at roads and junctions.

It’s one thing knowing this, but what do we do in these situations?

Firstly, drive slower. Take the time to look around you. If you are, for example, driving near to a school you will know that parents will be picking up and dropping off their children and that children may run in the roads. Therefore, you need to slow the car down, be prepared to stop if you need to.

Remember that the speed limit maybe 30 mph but that doesn’t mean you need to drive at that speed. At times you will need to slow right down to avoid any accidents.

When you are driving behind a bus remember that it will often stop to pick up and drop off passengers. Some passengers may walk in front of the bus as you are overtaking. So again, exercise caution and be aware that this may happen.

We hope these tips are useful.

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