Explanation: When you decide to overtake a horse rider, make sure you can do so safely before you move out. Leave them plenty of room and pass slowly. Passing too closely at speed could startle the horse and unseat the rider.
How should you overtake horse?
Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop.
How do you pass a horse?
Slow right down and be ready to stop. Give them a wide berth – at least a car’s width – and pass slowly. Avoid any actions likely to spook the horse such as splashing them with puddles, sounding your horn or revving your engine. Watch out for signals from the rider to slow down or stop.
What is the safest way to pass a person riding a horse?
Horses can be easily frightened. Slow down and be prepared to stop. Overtake gently, without revving the engine.
What should a driver do when passing horses?
When approaching a horse, lower your speed, whether or not they have a rider. Pass slowly to avoid startling them and give them a wide berth. Avoid honking, revving your engine, or any loud noises. Make eye contact with the rider and keep an eye out for any hand signals.
Should you overtake horse riders?
Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles.
Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider.
How slow should you pass a horse?
When the horse is settled and is in a safe position, continue past the horse at a slow speed – no more than 15 mph – (ideally without flashing lights). Once you have passed the horse/rider and can see that they are settled, drive slowly away and reinstate your flashing lights.
Do you legally have to slow down for horses?
Ultimately all road users have a duty of care to each other to act in a safe manner and do their utmost to avoid endangering other road users, regardless of who has right of way. Drivers should ‘pass wide and slowly’ when passing a horse and always listen to a rider’s request to slow down or stop.
Is it illegal to drive fast past a horse?
Quoting the Highway Code is fine however the Highway Code is advice & not law, although some aspects have become law. Offences relating to driving at speed past horses would be Driving without due care & consideration for other road users. As far as I am aware there is no specific offence relating to horses.
Can you ride a horse on a motorway?
While you’re (hopefully) unlikely to spot a horse on a busy dual carriageway, the only road type that horse riders can’t use is the motorway. Riders are also prohibited from using footpaths, pavements or cycle lanes.
Do you need insurance to ride a horse on the road?
The short answer is no, there is no legal requirement for horse or rider to carry insurance in order to use roads.
When they see this sign drivers should?
Drivers should slow down or stop so they can yield the right-of-way to vehicles on the other road. If a driver sees this sign facing them, they are driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and directly opposing the flow of traffic.
What should you do when you see horse riders in front?
Explanation: Be particularly careful when approaching horse riders – slow down and be prepared to stop. Always pass wide and slowly, and look out for signals given by the riders. Horses are unpredictable: always treat them as potential hazards and take great care when passing them.
What does the Highway Code say about passing horses?
The BHS recommends that vehicles should not pass horses at more than 15mph and no closer than a car width. There have been far too many incidents on the road including deaths both equine and human. Many of these deaths are the result of drivers driving at an inappropriate speed and too closely.
What to do if you see a horse?
Slow down and give them plenty of room. Correct. Horses can be frightened easily by traffic and can become unpredictable. Slowing down and giving them plenty of space is essential.
How fast is a horse at full gallop?
Galloping involves the horse driving themselves forward with all four feet leaving the ground. It is a very fast smooth gait, and requires an athletic horse and rider. It averages between twenty five and thirty miles per hour and can only be sustained for short distances.