Hi - I'm just getting back into driving, after a very long break (10+ years). The break was mainly due to travelling/moving all the time with work, and then putting off getting back into driving due to nervousness. I think I'm doing pretty well (as do others who have seen me), even though I'm still a bit nervous. Anyway, there is one thing I'm a little bit unsure about, which is this:
When I'm driving in the left lane and there are cyclists there in front of me - definitely in my lane (not a separate bike lane), but on the far left near the curb. In the past I've seen other drivers in the same lane pass the cyclists fairly comfortably, without needing to go out of the lane. Looked like they had enough space between them and the cyclists. But when I'm about to pass the cyclists, I always feel like I don't have enough space to pass them without hitting them, and I get extremely nervous! We have a medium size 4WD, so a bit wider than other cars maybe. And being on the right/driver's side, I can't see the left side of my car, to work out how close it is to the cyclists.
Tonight I was at the front (at the lights), when the bikes joined the road I was on, and went in front of me on the left side of my lane. There were cars next to me in the right lane, so I couldn't change lanes, and as usual, I felt like I didn't have enough space to pass the bikes. So I slowed right down and drove behind them - this was just for a very short distance, as a bicycle lane opened up and they moved into that - thank god! I don't know what would have happened if the bike lane wasn't there!
When I told DH about it though, he said I should not have slowed down, as it would annoy the drivers behind me, I should have just passed the cyclists straight away. I said I felt very uncomfortable doing that, as it didn't seem like I had enough room. (Probably I did, but I just wasn't sure) and he just kind of shrugged and rolled his eyes and didn't want to talk about it anymore!
Just wondering what others would do in this situation? Thanks.