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Learning how to drive safely in areas near Tustin, CA involves paying attention to cyclists as some areas are cyclist heavy. When it comes to an accident between a car and a cyclist, both parties are not going to fair well. Studies show that cyclists’ deaths in 2016 accounted for 2.2% of traffic deaths. In order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on the road, both cyclists and driver’s need to make intentional safety choices. At Irvine Auto Center in Southern California, we value the safety of both drivers and members of our community, so we compiled a list of safe driving practices you can follow to ensure you are driving safely around cyclists.
When you are driving and are approaching a single cyclist or even a group of cyclists be mindful of the amount of space you give them. Never pass by the cyclists at a high rate of speed with very little maneuvering room. Give them enough room that if they were to tip over they wouldn’t come into contact with your car. Check with your state as some require a minimum of 3 feet of space when passing a cyclist.
Don’t just swing your car doors open once you have parked without looking. You make it a habit to check for cars before opening a car door in heavy traffic areas. In cyclist heavy areas you need to make it a habit to check behind you for approaching cyclists. One way to get in the habit is to use your right hand on your driver’s side door and your left hand for passenger doors, as using those specific hands forces you to turn and look behind you as you open the door.
One of the worst things we can do as people is to automatically assume the worst behind people’s motives. When driving avoid making assumptions; never assume somebody is doing something with the worst intentions. That cyclist probably isn’t riding the white line to block your way and them riding there doesn’t make them a horrible person. Allowing yourself to assume the worst can cause anger issues and increases your chance of laying on the horn, which is rather loud for cyclists and can actually startle them enough to cause them to lose control.
Now that you know how to drive safely around cyclists it is time to come in and test drive new cars in Irvine, CA at Irvine Auto Center. Not interested in a new car? We can let you test drive used cars in Irvine, CA too!
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