Advice for Other Road Users

Below you will find some useful information for cyclists, horse riders and passengers on how to stay safe on the A77.

CYCLISTS     
Consider familiarising yourself with the A77 before setting off on your trip.  Remember, the A77 is a challenging route with different types of carriageways and many different road users.

Don't forget to:

  • Wear protective clothing including a regulated helmet, knee and elbow pads.  For safety you should wear fluorescent clothing and reflective accessories if you intend to cycle in poor visibility 
  • Make sure you have working lights on both the front and the back of the bike if cycling in darkness

HORSE RIDERS
In Britain there are over 3 million horse riders - around 3000 road traffic accidents involving a horse and rider are reported on a yearly basis.  The A77 winds through large areas of farmland, and is a common route for horse riders.  Before you take a horse on the road consider whether the horse could take fright  and if you will be compentent to control the situation should it occur.

Remember

? It is illegal for riders under the age of fourteen not to wear a protective headgear
? If you are riding in poor visibility you should wear high visibility clothing
? It is the rider's responsibility to ensure they have full control of the horse at all times.

Alert to motorists:

? Horses are animals and like all animals they can behave unexpectedly
? Horses can take fright at sudden movements or loud noises - allow plenty of room when passing and only use your horn if essential

PASSENGERS
It became illegal to travel without a seatbelt in 1991 therefore it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that all passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt.  Several young driver accidents have been caused by passengers encouraging the driver to speed, if you feel the driver of the car is going too fast do not be afraid to tell them to slow down - they have your life in their hands.
If you suspect that the driver of your vehicle is under the influence of drink or drugs then do not risk accepting a lift. 

ANIMALS       
If you are travelling with a pet in the car consider using a special harness or pet carrier to keep it restrained for safety.

CHILDREN       
For safety, make sure that your passengers, including children, are wearing seatbelts.  Young children and babies should travel in a recommended car seat, fitted according to manufacturer's guidelines.



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