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What can drivers do to make the roads safer for cyclists?

As you may know, the number of cyclists killed each year spikes in the summer months. During the summer, more people are using their bicycles; children are off from school and, since it's light out for longer, more people use bicycles for exercise.

In 2015, 51 percent of bicycle crash fatalities took place between the months of May and September, showing just how serious this problem is during the summer months. Fortunately, there are a few things drivers can do to keep cyclists safer.

Stay a safe distance away

As tempting as it is to go around a cyclist who is slowing you down, make sure you wait until the cyclist knows you're there and until there is room for you to pass wide enough to give the cyclist enough room not to be impacted by your mirrors or front end. Do not pass recklessly or tailgate a cyclist, since this could lead to a serious collision.

Stay alert

Since the summer is here, you should be aware that the potential is there for cyclists to be on or around the roads. Stay alert; even if a cyclist is near the side of the road or on a sidewalk, an accident could put him or her into your path. Take extra care around cyclists, especially children, and be aware of the risks your vehicle poses to their safety.

Be patient

The reality is that cyclists aren't normally as fast as vehicles, but they still deserve to use the roadways. Be patient if you see cyclists, since they're just trying to enjoy their day.

With these tips, motorists can help reduce crashes involving cyclists.

Source:, "Motorcycle, Bicycle Deaths Spike in Summer: Tips for Sharing the Road," Emily Daniel, accessed May 15, 2018

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