It’s warming up again, and springtime means that more bicyclists will be out. Here’s how to drive safely with bicyclists so that we can all share the road happily and safely:
Acknowledge bicyclist vulnerability – A car weighs a lot more than a bike, and in any collision, the bicyclist will be far more injured than the driver.
Know bicyclists’ rights – Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, too. So they’re not allowed to use the sidewalks and are considered vehicles on the road. The same traffic laws apply to them.
Tone the road rage down – Don’t have the “in my way” attitude about bicyclists. They’re motorists, too, so you have to think of them as equal. Don’t let your road rage get to you.
Beware the right hook and left turn – When you’re making a right turn, a bicyclist might be a little behind you, also making a turn. Watch out so you don’t hit them. The left turn is dangerous, too. Don’t assume that you can make a left turn before a bicyclist can go.
Give them 3 feet of clearance – Staying three feet behind a biker helps keep everyone safer, and gives more time for reaction.
Park both cars in neutral next to each other and make sure they are close enough for the cables to reach but are not touching.
Connect the first end of the red cable (positive) to the positive terminal on the other car’s battery. Do the same for the non-working battery.
Connect the black cable (negative) to the negative terminal on the other car’s battery. Attach the other end to a grounding point on your car, like a bolt or bracket, away from the dead battery. Check your owner’s manual, because some cars have negative jump-starting poles for that purpose.
Ensure that both cables are away from any moving parts and then start the engine of the working car.
Wait a minute, and then try starting your car. If it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit longer and try again.
Once you get your car started up, make sure to drive it for at least half an hour before shutting off the engine again.
Remember, dealerships will help you out, too! Ask Lee’s Summit Honda for any help you need.