Driving Past Horses
Time for a hack, but motorists be careful!
Did you know that there are around 3,000 accidents on the road where horses are involved every year?
As with quite a lot of traffic incidents, the majority of the accidents that happen on the road can be avoided, if you approach the situation sensibly. If everyone involved thought this way and took each drivers, riders and cyclists needs into consideration when on the road there would be a lot less of incidents on the road.
The Guild of Experienced Motorists have accomplished five easy to follow tips that all drivers can take into consideration when approaching a horse in their car. Making the road safer for, drivers, riders and for horses.
Firstly and you would assume the most obvious but this is a common problem. Give the horse and rider enough room, if you must slow down, then do so. When overtaking the rider take your own safety into account but allow just as much room for the horse when passing.
Please be aware that as motorist you may have to stop completely.
Take a look at the rider, are they making any signals of slowing down, stopping or turning? Take notice of these signals and make the effort to look out for and listen to any requests made by the rider.
Often a rider may be inexperienced so there could be someone holding the reigns at the side of the horse that you may not see from behind. On other occasions the horses may be 2 abreast so if you are unable to pass then please be patient and wait for a safe and convenient point in the road before doing so.
Trying to spot horses? There are often triangular signs warning of the potential presence of horses, there could be stables near by or you won’t miss the manure in the road.
And finally, while most experienced riders will be very grateful and thank you for you taking the time to wait for them and allowing them extra room, some riders may be taking that time to control their horses and possibly won’t express their thanks.
But your courtesy will never go unnoticed and from the Horsemart team, we thank you in advance for your patience. Be safe as possible when riding your horse, there is only so much we as riders can do when we come into contact with dogs, cyclists or drivers.
David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, summed up the advice by saying: “Horse behaviour on the road can be unpredictable, despite the best efforts of the most experienced rider.
"The best thing we, as car drivers, can do is to be aware of the possible dangers, and to reduce them by slowing down and giving riders plenty of room.”