Many people ride bicycles as their daily transportation throughout the
United States. Many more simply ride for pleasure on weekends. Regardless
of the reason for your ride, maintaining good bicycling habits will help
you stay safe out on the road and allow you enjoy your bicycle for years
to come. The following five habits should be second nature to any experienced rider.
1. Maintain Your Bicycle
One of the most important things you can do stay safe on a bike is to make
sure it’s in full working order. While a broken basket probably
won’t cause any issues, deflated/leaking tires, loose chains, and
faulty brakes can all lead to dangerous situations and serious injuries.
Perform a quick maintenance check every time you hop on the bike.
2. Follow Traffic Rules
When riding on the road, it is vital to follow all the rules of the road.
Riding on the correct side of the road and using your hand signals are
both great ways to stay safe while bicycling in traffic. You can also
stay safer on the road by following all traffic signals, stop signs, etc.
3. Make Sure You Are Visible
While staying visible is extremely important during the day, it is even
more critical when riding at night. Whenever you go for a night ride,
make sure you are wearing bright clothing and have adequate reflectors
and lights on your bike. One common mistake people make is only putting
reflectors on the back of their bicycles—remember that the sides
of the bike are equally, if not more important.
4. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
While this seems fairly obvious, it’s vital to pay attention to your
surroundings, including other cyclists, cars, and pedestrians. Additionally,
you’ll want to keep an eye out for any debris or potential road
hazards which could cause a bicycle crash. Many people often listen to
music while they ride, but keep in mind that headphones can greatly reduce
your ability to hear approaching cars.
5. Ride Predictably
The last safety tip, but by no means the least important, is to ride predictably.
This means you should avoid sudden turns, weaving, and swerving when possible.
Signaling your turns will also go a long way toward making your intentions
known to motorists.
Injured in a
bicycle accident? Call our West Palm Beach personal injury firm for a free consultation
at (561) 600-5605.