Experts urge improved road safety

Experts urge improved road safety

Motorists can make our streets safer by showing more patience and consideration for other road uses, according to one driving specialist.

IAM Drive & Survive's head of training, Simon Elstow, has offered advice to car users to help us change the way we drive for the better.

Mr Elstow has warned motorists to keep a constant eye out for cyclists and motorcyclists.

Use your mirrors - that's what they're there for, he says. This will ensure you see them in plenty of time when they are coming up behind you.

And if a motorcyclist tries to overtake you in heavy traffic? Let them.

"Give them adequate space to move past you and don't attempt to impede their progress just because you are stuck.

"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," he says.

Mr Elstow has advised motorists to draw on their experience of what it feels like to be in control of different vehicles to understand the plight of other road users

"Most road users don't only use one mode of transport, so use that knowledge to be a bit more patient and understand the needs and risks of other road users," he said.

To protect your vehicle in the case of a collision, motorists are well advised to look into cost effective car insurance cover.

In the meantime, take care on the road, and remember to treat other road users how you'd like to be treated.

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