Cyclists should also be prepared to wait at passing places, police said. Photo: wrobison CC-BY-SA-2.0

Cyclists should also be prepared to wait at passing places, police said. Photo: wrobison CC-BY-SA-2.0

Police in Scotland appealed to motorists to consider walkers and cyclists while driving on unfamiliar single-track roads on the Western Isles.

Northern Constabulary issued tips on driving on the narrow roads found on many Hebridean isles which are only wide enough for one vehicle to pass.

The advice comes as the nation gears up for its peak summer holiday period.

A spokesperson said: “Throughout the year a large number of people come to visit our beautiful islands to enjoy a well earned holiday in the peace and tranquillity of the Western Isles.

“However there is a hazard which some drivers may never have come across: single track roads.”

Police said drivers should use passing places properly. “You stop on your nearside – passenger side. Please do not cross over to the other side of the road.

“Don’t be distracted. You may be enjoying the scenery but please let traffic flow freely. Check your mirrors regularly and allow vehicles past.

“Beware of cyclists and walkers. Please allow them plenty room when you drive past them.

“In relation to cyclists: please wait at the passing place for them to reach you and also cyclists please wait at the passing place if you see a car coming rather than try to carry on.”

Northern Constabulary also warned drivers on the islands’ roads to expect the unexpected.

“Animals may decide to wander onto the road at any time and also be aware of mud or other debris,” they said. “Don’t drive too fast for the road conditions and especially when you don’t know the area.”

Police also reminded motorists not to use a mobile phone while driving and always use a seatbelt. They also urged drivers not to drink alcohol before taking to the roads.

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