Why Car Drivers Seem to Hate Cyclists
Anybody who has ever rode a bicycle has had a driver become aggressive with them. I have had beer bottles thrown at me, cars swerve at me, foul language yelled at me, threats made to me, and so much more.
There are a few reasons why car drivers seem to hate cyclists. One reason is that cyclists are often seen as a nuisance. They can slow down traffic, and they can be unpredictable. Drivers may also feel that cyclists are not following the rules of the road.
Another reason why car drivers hate cyclists is that they feel that cyclists are not taking their safety seriously. Cyclists may run red lights, ride on the wrong side of the road, or weave in and out of traffic. This can be frustrating for drivers, and it can make them feel like cyclists are not taking their safety into account.
Of course, not all car drivers hate cyclists. There are many drivers who are respectful of cyclists and who do their best to share the road safely. However, there is a significant amount of tension between cyclists and drivers, and it is important to understand why this tension exists.
What Cyclists Can Do to Be Safer
There are a few things that cyclists can do to be safer on the road. First, it is important to follow the rules of the road. This means riding on the right side of the road, stopping at red lights, and signaling your turns. It is also important to be aware of your surroundings and to be predictable in your movements.
Second, cyclists should wear bright clothing and a helmet. This will make you more visible to drivers, and it will help to protect you in the event of an accident.
Finally, cyclists should be assertive on the road. This means taking your space and demanding that drivers respect you. If a driver is about to pass you too closely, make eye contact with them and let them know that you are there.
By following these tips, cyclists can help to reduce the tension between themselves and drivers. This will make cycling safer for everyone.
Here are some additional tips for cyclists to be safer on the road:
- Be predictable. Don't make sudden movements or changes in direction.
- Use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Wear bright clothing and a helmet.
- Be assertive on the road.
By following these tips, cyclists can help to reduce the risk of accidents and make the roads safer for everyone.
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