12 Safety Tips For Bicyclists

Posted on : February 24, 2017

This is a far cry from normal bicycle safety guides, which usually tell you little more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law. But consider this for a moment: Wearing a helmet will do absolutely nothing to prevent you from getting hit by a car. Sure, helmets might help you if you get hit, but your #1 goal should be to avoid getting hit in the first place.

To prevent accidents and injuries, here are 12 safety tips while riding a bicycle:

1. The bike should be the appropriate size for your height and weight.

2. Always wear a bicycle helmet that must is federally approved.

3. Before riding a bike check if the brakes and reflectors are working properly.

4. Be visible to other motorists especially during the nighttime. Wear bright clothing, and have reflectors that will allow other road users to see them.

5. Do not listen to music while riding; this may prevent you hearing your surroundings.

6. Choose residential areas rather than clogged highways and streets when riding a bike.

7. Your speed should be based on the road condition and volume of traffic.

8. Maintain a safe distance from parked cars to prevent being hit by doors that may open.

9. Make sure to use the proper hand signals when stopping, turning, or changing lanes.

10. Get off your bike when crossing a pedestrian lane.

11. Be careful when crossing intersections.

12. Be extra careful when there is a passing truck or bus because of their larger blind spots.

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