You’re approaching a roundabout. There are horses just ahead of you. What should you do?

Question Topic: Vulnerable road users

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Give them plenty of room
Treat them like any other vehicle
Accelerate past as quickly as possible
Sound your horn as a warning

The official DVSA guide to driving states:

Be particularly careful when approaching horses, especially those being ridden by children.

As a driver you should

  • look out for horses being led or ridden on the road
  • take extra care and keep your speed down at left-hand bends, especially on narrow country roads
  • slow down when you see a horse rider on the road.

Be aware that at roundabouts and at junctions where a horse rider is turning right, they may signal right but keep to the left-hand side of the road (and the outside lane round the roundabout) for safety.

As you approach a horse rider from behind

  • slow down, give them plenty of room and be prepared to stop
  • don’t sound your horn or rev your engine. Horses can be easily scared by noise and may panic around fast-moving vehicles
  • look out for signals given by the riders and heed a request to slow down or stop.

Always pass horses slowly, giving them plenty of room.

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