Face the facts: cyclists want to see driver’s face, says survey06 December 2018

Nine out of ten cyclists and motorcyclists realise truck drivers have limited visibility, but 61% of them admit to having stopped or passed on the inside of a vehicle which then turned left.

Most state, however, that seeing a driver’s face helps them to understand their intention on the road.

Those are among the findings of research by Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, released to mark Road Safety Week (19-25 November) with its 2018 theme of ‘Bike Smart’.

Two thousand drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians were surveyed, and more than four in five said they feel safer when they can see a driver's face.

The findings sit neatly with the aim of the Mercedes-Benz Econic, with its low cab, large windscreen and full-length glazed passenger door.

Mike Belk, Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK managing director, said: “It’s interesting to learn that by seeing a driver’s face, road users can better determine the intentions of the driver, making them feel safer while on the school run or daily commute.”

He added: “We have been developing innovative safety systems for more than 45 years and we continue to advance road safety with our latest trucks, including the Econic.”

The Econic has been awarded the maximum five-star rating from Transport for London, which plans to implement a Direct Vision scheme in London next year.

Laura Cork

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