Riding a bicycle has long been a favorite activity among children and adults. It provides a great form of exercise, a way to get out of the house and see new things, a way to bond with others and enjoy time as a family and with friends. Adult cyclists can save money on gasoline and do their part to reduce pollution in their city.
One of the downsides to bicycling, however, is that cyclists are more susceptible to injury and less physically protected than those riding in cars.
There are lots of safety issues that lead to accidents. Cyclists often share the road with cars which presents a lot of potential dangers. Accidents can also happen on designated bike paths as well.
By reviewing these 5 tips, you can be prepared to avoid biking accidents and teach the kids you care about to do the same.
Perform A Safety Check To Prevent Biking Accidents
Before you ride, check to make sure your bike is in working order. Check the wheels and tires including the quick-release mechanisms. Make sure your brakes and gears are working properly and that your bicycle is equipped with reflective lights. Make sure your pedals function smoothly.
If any of these parts aren’t working like they should, don’t ride your bike until these parts have been fixed.
Always Wear A Helmet
This tip goes without saying but so many bicyclists still neglect to wear a helmet like they should. Head injuries are the most common serious injuries that riders endure and can result in long-term injury and even death.
By wearing a helmet, every single time, you reduce your risk of head injury by almost 70% and your risk of brain injury by 58%. In other words, wearing a helmet is worth it.
Use Bike Lanes and Paths
Bike lanes are available to keep cyclists safe and should be used whenever they’re available. Always ride with the flow of traffic to reduce your risk of an accident. You’re much more likely to encounter an accident if you ride against traffic.
Cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities as motorists. Obey all traffic lights and laws and don’t weave in and out of traffic.
Try To Ride Predictably
To ride predictably means considering nearby motorists and try not to surprise them with your movements. Before you make any lane changes, make eye contact with nearby drivers and signal.
If you’re turning left, extent your left arm and point left and do the same with your right arm if you’re turning right. Always look before you turn onto a new street or enter traffic.
Stay Visible and Alert
If a motorist can see you, they’re less likely to hit you. Opt for bright clothing when you’re riding during the day and always wear reflective gear when you’re riding at night. Equip your bike with reflectors to add visibility.
Remember that riding a bike takes the same level of attention as driving a truck or car. Pay attention to what’s happening around you and keep your hand free from distractions.
Watch out for pedestrians or any obstacles that might pop up in your way. Consider getting a horn or bell or a headlight on your bike as well as a rear-view mirror.
In Case of Accident
Even with all the preparation, biking accidents still occur. If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, whether minor or major, our urgent care facility is open 7 days a week to assist you.
We take walk-in patients and accept most insurances so we can help you right away if you’ve been hurt in in a bike accident, whether you’ve been cut or fractured your arm or leg. Read what others have had to say about our quality care.