Derbyshire motorists urged to be more alert on roads

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Derbyshire motorists are being urged to be more alert on the roads after a new survey revealed that more than half of drivers are ‘often surprised when a rider appears from nowhere’.

Two surveys by the AA found that 55 per cent of car drivers are ‘often surprised when a cyclist appears from nowhere’ and 57 per cent are ‘often surprised when a motorcyclist appears from nowhere’.

They revealed that 91 per cent of car drivers sometimes find cyclists hard to see and 85 per cent sometimes find motorcyclists hard to see while behind the wheel.

Mike Ashworth, chairman of the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “In reality those on two wheels never appear from nowhere so as drivers we need to be more alert.

“Bikers can make themselves easier to spot by using choosing riding gear that is fluorescent and reflective.”