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Drive safe around cyclists

Riding a bike is a good way to get around Louisiana, and there are more cyclists on the road when there is warmer weather. Because bikes are harder to see, there is an increased chance of collisions with other vehicles. To keep things safe, drivers need to understand how to maneuver around bikes, and cyclists also need to take the right precautions to prevent accidents from occurring.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, when there is a collision between a vehicle and a bike, the cyclist is the one who sustains the most, and worst, injuries. Drivers should always yield to bicycles and not underestimate how fast they are going. Drivers should also be especially cautious when turning in an intersection or coming out of a driveway. When making a right turn, vehicle operators should always check their mirrors and look over their right shoulder to make sure there is not a cyclist coming up on the right side. In order to safely share the road, everyone should give cyclists adequate room and only pass when no one is coming in the opposite lane.

The American Automobile Association discusses that cyclists have their own responsibilities on the road. They must travel in the same direction as traffic, and they must obey traffic signs and lights just as drivers do. Pedestrians have the right of way, and using hand signals before turning and stopping can prevent a lot of confusion and accidents. Wearing a helmet and bright clothing can also help protect from injuries and help others see them.

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