Posted on April 03, 2017 in Personal Injury
Bicycling is one of the best ways to exercise, see the sites and save money on transportation costs. So what better way to kick off spring then with a nice bike ride. Now that the warmer weather is upon us and more and more of us are hitting the roads on two wheels, we thought it would be a good time to review some bicycle safety tip. Here are six tips to make your bicycle ride safe and enjoyable.
1) Be aware that riding a bicycle can be dangerous. Did you know that bicycles are associated with more injuries than skateboarding, swimming and trampolines combined? Therefore, it is important to always be vigilant when riding a bicycle and remember if used incorrectly it can be dangerous.
2) Always protect your head by wearing a helmet. This will decrease the likelihood of a serious injury significantly. Be sure that your helmet fits properly and is secure upon your head. It’s not a bad idea to check with the NHTSA for tips on finding a strong helmet that fits properly.
3) If your going to ride on public streets, make sure you follow the rules of the road. The same laws that apply to drivers also apply to cyclists. Don’t expect to be treated differently than vehicles on the road.
4)Ride with the flow of traffic. Many cyclists decide to ride against traffic as this gives them the best view of traffic. However, this is the wrong way to ride a bicycle. It reduces the reaction time of vehicles and can lead to an accident. Also, make sure to keep a look out for opening car doors.
5)Try to ride during daylight hours. Riding in the evening can be dangerous as visibility is greatly reduced. Also, ride in bright colored clothes to stand out on the roadway. If you do decide to ride during the night, make sure that you are wearing reflective clothing and have lights on your helmet and bicycle.
6)Use hand signals when turning. This will give vehicle operators notice of your intentions making it easier to anticipate your movements, reducing the risk of an accident. Equipping your bicycle with a horn or bell is also a good idea so that you can alert motorists to your presence as well.
By following these safety tips you will not only get to enjoy your ride, but you’ll reduce your risk of a bicycle-related injury. Enjoy the weather and stay safe!