Staying Safe on the Roads

As we slowly edge out of lockdown, more and more cars are returning to the roads.

Since we went into lockdown, many people started new hobbies and discovered new forms of exercise, including cycling. While this was great to see, it’s unfortunately led to an increase in accidents, with the number of collisions involving cyclists doubling.

The government have also announced they’ll be creating emergency bike lanes and streets to support the transport network, therefore bicycle sales are likely to increase and could lead to novice riders venturing onto busy roads.

As part of our commitment to helping keep communities safe, we’ve partnered with road safety charity, Brake, to urge both motorists and cyclists to take extra care when on the roads.

Co-op Insurance’s top 5 safety tips for cyclists:

  1. Always wear a helmet
  2. Obey traffic lights and signs and signal clearly using arm gestures
  3. Make sure your road position is not too close to the kerb
  4. Be aware of slippery surfaces when wet
  5. Try to make eye contact with other road users, particularly at junctions, side roads and on roundabouts

Co-op Insurance’s top 5 safety tips for motorists:

  1. Give cyclists plenty of space
  2. When turning and emerging from junctions look out for cyclists
  3. Use indicators in good time
  4. Give cyclists room and a head start at traffic lights
  5. Check for cyclists before opening car doors

 *Claims for collision based on Co-op Insurance data from 20 March 2020 to 28 May 2020.

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.

We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.