Know Your Enemy 4: The Left Hook Loser
You’re riding along in traffic, and a car overtakes you:
Sometimes they don’t even completely pass you before continuing on their Very Important Journey:
If you’re lucky, it’ll be an ambulance that cuts you up like this - they’ll be able to scrape you off the road and take you to the hospital after:
And don’t think that this is a UK-only phenomenon:
So how do you avoid this sort of problem?
- Be aware of the traffic around you - use your ears. It’s rare for a car not to slow down before turning at a junction, and the change in tone of their engine can give you warning of what’s about to happen.
- Ride more assertively past junctions. Novice cyclists often drift closer to the edge of the road as they pass junctions - you need to be further out, making yourself more visible to drivers
- Make eye contact. Approaching the junction, look over your shoulder before you move to that more assertive road position. Make eye contact with the driver behind you.