Why should you allow extra room when overtaking a motorcyclist on a windy day?

Question Topic: Vulnerable road users

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The rider may stop suddenly
The rider may turn off suddenly to get out of the wind
The rider may be blown across in front of you
The rider may be travelling faster than normal

When driving in high winds, you need to be aware that other road users may be affected. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to things like strong cross-winds as are other two-wheeled vehicles. As such, you should consider this if you wish to overtake a motorcycle or any other vulnerable road user on a windy day.  This means leaving plenty of room between you and the motorcycle as you overtake. Larger vehicles may also have a buffeting effect on motorcycles as they pass them which may cause motorcyclists to swerve.

How can you safely overtake a motorcycle on a windy day?

You should only attempt to overtake when you are sure it is safe to do so. You should also stay well back from the vulnerable road user until a safe overtaking gap is available. Make sure you allow plenty of extra room between your vehicle and the motorcycle when overtaking in windy weather. Be sure to check your nearside mirror as you pass alongside them. You should also check this mirror again before you move back over to the left.

Theory Test Question

So, what answer did you give to the example of a question from a theory test? Let’s look at each answer in more detail:

The rider may stop suddenly

Wrong! You should always keep at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, even when planning to overtake.

The rider may turn off suddenly to get out of the wind

Wrong! You should be sure that the driver in front is aware you are there before trying to overtake.

The rider may be blown across in front of you

Correct! Motorcyclists are vulnerable to high winds and may be forced to swerve or lose control more easily than other vehicles. You should leave plenty of room when overtaking vulnerable road users in windy conditions.

The rider may be travelling faster than normal

Wrong! You should be aware of the driver in front’s speed before attempting to overtake them. If they are going faster than normal it will not be safe to overtake.

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