Question Topic: Vulnerable road users
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.