IAM advises drivers on how to share the road

17th May 2013

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), along with Peter Rodger, one of Britain’s top drivers, are advising UK motorists on how to share the road with fellow drivers. The tips are aimed at increasing road safety through the UK.

Firstly, motorists should be aware of their surroundings, especially other, more vulnerable road users like cyclists and bikers. Giving them extra space on the road is a good way to prevent an accident. This applies not only to steady traffic, but also when braking and overtaking.

Next, motorists are advised to be courteous and thoughtful. Succumbing to road rage is an effective way to cause a collision. Be mindful of how other road users feel – for instance, crowding a biker can make them nervous, and as a result, drive erratically. Give clear and early indications of upcoming manoeuvres, and allow road sharers time to react.

Additionally, motorists should check mirrors and blind spots before overtaking other drivers. Peter Rodger, IAM chief examiner, said: “The most common cause of road accidents is ‘failed to look properly’ – and this oversight is being made by all kinds of road users. We all need to look out for each other to stamp out these avoidable collisions.”

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