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Learn to share the road
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:26 PM

Learn to share the road

If every motorist adopt a sharing and caring attitude on the road, there would be fewer accidents and mishaps.

Unfortunately, reality is quite different from the ideals when there continue to be reckless drivers and motorcyclists who pay little heed to their own safety or the safety of other road users.

It's frustrating sometimes but there's hope as the authorities are doing all they can to inculcate road safety principles among the public as well as the young in schools. It's a process that takes time to bear fruit.

In the meantime, it is up to each concerned individual to adopt best practices on the road and this requires a shift in attitude.

This means learning to share the road and showing empathy for other road users who are not just other drivers and motorcylists but also include cyclists and pedestrains.

Here are some ways to go about it:

> Keep an eye out for motorcyclists and give them space.

> Use your mirrors so you see bikes approaching from behind. In particular check your mirrors before changing direction, especially in traffic queues.

> If a motorcyclist is trying to get past in heavy traffic, let them. Don’t try and impede their progress because you are stuck.

> Give clear and early signals to allow other road users time to react.

> Don’t cut up a cyclist when turning. Never overtake then turn left across their front wheel.

> Overtake gently. Passing a cyclist quickly might feel safe to you, but it doesn’t to the cyclist and the closer you are the more this is the case.

> Leave cyclists enough room when you pass them they’ll often have to move out to negotiate drains and potholes.

> Check for bikes before opening the driver’s door when you’ve parked.

- IAM Drive & Survive

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