Avoid A Bike-Car Accident

How to avoid the five most common bike-car collisions.

Also See:
>> 10 tips for staying safe on South Africa’s roads.

Right Cross

A motorist fails to see a cyclist and makes a right turn in front of an oncoming cyclist–it accounts for almost half of all bike-car crashes, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Centre (PBIC).

If you see a car turning into your path, turn left into the lane with the vehicle. Plus, don’t creep into the intersection at red lights to get a head start.

4 Responses to Avoid A Bike-Car Accident

  1. Hanelle January 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    If only this (always/really) worked – my attempt at “taking the lane” nearly got me run over, so now I just stop and waiting until it’s clear to go. People just don’t look, and/or just don’t care.

  2. Bob December 6, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    I was knocked from my bicycle when the driver took a left turn (left hook). Although the driver was behind me and clearly saw me, he was under the impression that he had right of way. With an attitude like this it is extremely dangerous for cyclists on our roads.  I also think that as soon we start making allowances for the poor driving manners of others it will be confusing to them and result in accidents and blame to the cyclists.  The rules are there and apply to all. More attention should be given to preparing drivers for their exam and with the renewal of licenses. 

  3. Esme Narun December 6, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I got “doored” this week – wish I read this article last week :-(

  4. Karl van Niekerk July 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    I had a car driver cross the road I was on without stopping, and he never even looked left to see if there was any oncoming traffic. I ended up going over the handlebars and smacking the tar at 30kph while clipped in. His excuse was that he never saw me…figure that, if he actually LOOKED, he might have seen me. Anyway, a trip to the emergency unit including x-rays and a ct scan later, and I am fine. Although from now on I will not be riding on the road any longer. I am sticking to ST.

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