If you position yourself well on the road, not only is it easier to avoid hazards and adjust your speed in time for changing conditions but it will also ensure you can get the best possible view of the road ahead.

You need not follow the basic rule for drivers, 'Keep to the left' too closely -- it is more important that you have the best possible view of the road ahead that safety permits.

If you ride near the kerb then look for pedestrians stepping onto the road or emerging from behind parked vehicles. Look out for people opening vehicle doors into your path. You are riding where they least expect to see a vehicle and they may not see you. Drivers may also turn left across your path. 

illustrationUnder normal traffic conditions ride on the right-hand side of the traffic just to the left of the 'Traffic lane' marking or 'Centre' line.

 

On a normal two-way road ride near the centre of the road -- but always be careful to check behind you and be sure that those coming in the other direction can see you from a good distance away ( even if you do not usually switch on your headlamp when riding near the centre of the road it is wise to do so ). Move to the left to allow overtaking vehicles to pass you. Keep the recommended safe distance from the vehicle in front - see page 47.

On one-way roads and dual carriageways use the correct traffic lane as for other drivers. But take up a similar position in the traffic lane -- that is just to the left of the lane line so that you can see the road well ahead.

illustrationWhen in slow moving traffic or when waiting to go ahead, ride or stop near the centre of the lane.

At junctions with traffic lights, pedestrian crossings or other places where you need to stop or wait before proceeding take up your position in the centre of the appropriate lane well in advance. This helps drivers notice you and means that they are less likely to force you out of the lane than if you are riding close to the edge of the lane on the left or right. This position is also helpful in slow moving traffic. It will also make it easier for you to be prepared for pedestrians emerging from between stopped or slow moving vehicles in adjacent lanes.

 

Riding in these positions as opposed to keeping to the left or riding near the kerb also helps other drivers to see you you will be in the centre of the view of a driver in the same lane and will also be where drivers and pedestrians will expect to see you.