Institute of Advanced Motorists say 'Give Cyclists More Room'
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called on motorists to pay extra attention to cyclists looking to avoid potholes as the nation emerges from the recent snow and ice.
In a press release issued by the IAM, Neil Greig, the organisation’s Director of Policy and Research, said that “as well as worrying about your vehicle, with potholes being a major cause of suspension failure, drivers should be particularly conscious of cyclists and motorcyclists trying to get past a pothole and give them a wide berth.”
Mr Greig added: “They are entitled to a wobble and would appreciate not having a motorist attempting to overtake just as they avoid a hole in the road.”
He advised that cyclists and motorcyclists alike should “look well ahead and change direction early so they have time to deal with the holes, and so that their movements don’t cause surprise to other road users.”
Potholes become particularly prevalent after spells of icy weather when water penetrates cracks in the road and expands as it freezes, causing cracks in the tarmac.
In the UK, motorists are actually expected to drive slowly by cyclists and leave plenty of room between them and the cyclist, according to the Highway Code. This is also plain 'courtesy on the road'.
There are numerous things on the road that can obstruct cyclists, not just potholes but glass, from previous crashes or wine bottles thrown on the road, dead animals and bit of car wreck, road signs and other bits of rubbish that accumulate on the road side.