If another rider or driver follows you too closely, what two things should you do? If another rider or driver follows you too closely, what two things should you do?

  • A. Speed up so you're not holding them up

  • B. Give them the opportunity to pass by moving left, if appropriate

  • C. Hold your line

  • D. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead

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    The correct answer is B, D
     
    Pulling over to the left to let them past is the best (and most courteous) thing to do. Increasing the gap to the vehicle ahead gives you more of a buffer and makes it easier for them to overtake as there will be space in front of you, plus you'll need to slow down to increase the gap
     
 
 
 

Riding with tailgaters: what to do

While pulling to the left is the obvious thing to do you should also assess your own riding. Are you holding drivers and other riders up? Why would this be?

If you are a novice rider it is understandable that you would be riding slower than more experienced riders and drivers. Once you have more experience if you find that your natural speed is a little slower than everyone else's, simply get into the habit of letting people past. 

If you find when you get more experience that you daren't go faster, then perhaps more training will give you the confidence and skills. Ultimately it's your responsibility to ride at a speed that is comfortable for you, but without unduly holding up other traffic.

Note that you can be fined for driving too slowly and holding up traffic.