Safety Tips for Drivers: When passing and overtaking a bicyclist proceeding in the same direction, do so slowly and leave at least a distance between you and the bicycle of not less than 3 feet. It’s the law in Tennessee Also be sure to maintain this clearance until safely past the overtaken bicycle. A driver should never attempt passing between a bicyclist and oncoming vehicles on a two-lane road. Slowdown and allow vehicles to pass the rider safely. NEVER pass a bicycle if the street is too narrow or you would force the bicyclist too close to parked vehicles. Wait until there is enough room to let you pass safely If you are about to pass a bicycle on a narrow road and you think the rider doesn’t know your coming, tap your horn gently and briefly as a signal that you’re going to pass. Don’t blast your horn or otherwise startle or try to intimidate the bicyclist The most common causes of collisions are drivers turning left in front of an oncoming bicycle or turning right, across the path of the bicycle When your vehicle is turning left and there is a bicyclist entering the intersection from the opposite direction, you should wait for the bicyclist to pass before making the turn. Also, if your vehicle is sharing the left turn lane with a bicyclist, stay behind them until they have safely completed their turn. If your vehicle is turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making aright turn. Remember to always signal your turns. Merge with bicycle traffic when preparing fora right turn. Don’t turn directly across the path of the bicyclist Drivers often fail to pick the bicyclist out of the traffic scene, or inaccurately judge the speed of cyclists making a left turn Watch for bicycle riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling, especially if the rider is a child Most bicyclists maintain eye contact with drivers of vehicles around them, particularly when the cyclist or vehicle is making a turn. Before turning, a driver should attempt to gain and maintain eye contact with the bicyclist to ensure a safer turn.