A new Highways Code rule will come into effect at the end of January affecting all drivers in the UK.
The amendment introduces a risk based hierarchy of road users and drivers have been urged to be aware of the imminent change.
Under existing rules, drivers are given priority at a roundabout.
However , for the first time, the law will require those who can do the greatest harm to others to have a higher level of responsibility to reduce the danger.
Therefore under a new section under rule 186, road users will now be forced to give priority to cyclists on roundabouts – as Bristol Live reports.
It states: “You should give priority to cyclists on the roundabout. They will be travelling more slowly than motorised traffic.
“Give them plenty of room and do not attempt to overtake them within their lane. Allow them to move across your path as they travel around the roundabout.
“Cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles may stay in the left-hand lane when they intend to continue across or around the roundabout and should signal right to show you they are not leaving the roundabout.
“Drivers should take extra care when entering a roundabout to ensure that they do not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse drawn vehicles in the left-hand lane, who are continuing around the roundabout.”
Another change on the Highway Code will advise drivers on the best technique to open a vehicle’s door.
Commonly known as the ‘Dutch Reach’, the technique aims to encourage drivers to look over their shoulder and check for other road users when opening the door.
According to CyclingUK, every year more than 500 people across England, Wales and Scotland are injured because someone opens a car door into their path.
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