4 Safety Tips for Drivers and Bicyclists Sharing the Road in Shewsbury

New Kia models are getting safer than ever thanks to advanced driver-assist features, like the Autonomous Emergency Braking system available for the 2017 Kia Optima. However, all these advances may come with a dark side—experts fear distracted driving is on the rise, as drivers put more and more faith in their car's technology to save them.

This has a particularly adverse effect on bicyclists.

Few autonomous braking systems recognize the shape of bicycles on the road, and may not be able to prevent a collision with a bike as they would with another car. And traffic accidents are much more devastating to a bike rider than a passenger inside a vehicle.

According to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, bicycle traffic fatalities are on the rise. To help keep cyclists safe, Cars.com has a list of tips. Here are a select few:

  • Drivers should avoid distractions, like cell phone use
  • Drivers should give at least three feet when passing bikes
  • Cyclists should always wear a helmet
  • Cyclists should use front- and rear-mounted lights when riding at night
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