Most motorists are good and considerate drivers. They are also pedestrians, cyclists or horse riders themselves and are aware of their responsibilities to other road users.
Sadly, there is a small minority who become aggressive and impatient when they get behind the wheel. But however angry they get, they, and all road users, have to abide by the Highway Code which is issued with the Authority of Parliament.
When passing cyclists and horse riders give them plenty of room. Cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces or obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet, or icy patches on the road.
Cyclists are told “never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends.
Be particularly careful of horses and riders. Always pass wide and slow. If they are in double file they may be escorting a young or inexperienced rider. Heed a request to slow down or stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your horn or revving your engine.
Remember cyclists and riders are often children and take great care.
If your lack of consideration causes an accident and someone is injured, the police or your insurance company will not be impressed by you saying, ‘I am a more important road user. I pay Road Tax and they don’t!’