Dealing with animals whilst driving
Watch out for animals being led or ridden on
the road and take extra care at left-hand bends and on narrow
- Drive slowly past animals, give them plenty of room and be
ready to stop
- Do not scare animals by sounding your horn or reving your
- Look out for horse riders' signals and be aware they may NOT
move to the centre of the road prior to turning right
Animals on the highway
- Do not let your dog out on its own; keep it on a short lead
when taking it for a walk on or near a road or on a path shared
- Keep animals under control in vehicles. They should be
restrained either behind a dog guard, in a cage or using a suitable
purpose made animal seatbelt.
- Do not let a dog out of a vehicle on to the road unless it is
on a lead.
- If you are herding animals, keep to the left of the road and if
possible, send another person along the road to warn other road
users, at bends and brows of hills
- If you have to herd animals after dark, wear reflective
clothing and ensure that white lights are carried at the front of
the herd and red lights at the rear
Before a horse is taken on to the road you must consider the
- Make sure you can control it. If you think that your horse will
be nervous of traffic, always ride with other less nervous
- Make sure all tack fits well and is in good condition. Never
ride a horse without a saddle or bridle.
- Wear an approved safety helmet and fasten it securely. Children
under the age of 14 must do this every time they get on a horse.
You should also wear boots or shoes with hard sole and heels.
- Although not advisable,if you have to ride at night, wear
reflective clothing and make sure your horse has reflective bands
on it's legs above the fetlock joints. Carry lights, which show
white to the front and red to the rear
- Before riding off or turning, look behind you to make sure it
is safe and then give a clear arm signal. When riding, keep to the
left. If you are leading a horse, keep it to your left. In one-way
streets move in the direction of the traffic flow.
- Never ride more than two abreast. Ride in single file on narrow
- You must not take a horse on to a footpath, pavement or cycle
track. Use a bridle path where possible.
- Avoid roundabouts wherever possible. If you have to use them
keep to the left and watch out for vehicles crossing your path to
leave or join the roundabout. Signal right when riding across exits
to show you are not leaving. Signal left just before you leave the
- It's advisable to wear reflective hi-visibility
Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team