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Keep your distance

Take note of the new law introduced during 2018 to protect cyclists on the road. The rule dictates that drivers must leave a minimum distance away from a cyclist when overtaking or travelling alongside a bicycle. You could be penalised with a £100 fine and three penalty points if caught driving too close to a bicycle. The recommended distance you must now leave between your car and cyclist is 1.5 metres. Previously, the Highway Code simply stated that drivers should offer cyclists ‘plenty of room’ when overtaking. Rule 163 also advises drivers should ‘give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.’