Safety First While Riding a Bike!
By Donna Stark
No matter where you live, riding your bike is a wonderful alternative to walking or driving and a great way to enjoy the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. But just like every other form of transportation, there is a fair amount of risk when you decide to hit the road (or trails). Bicycle accidents can cause serious injuries if you aren't careful, which is why it is so important to understand and take the necessary safety precautions before you even leave your home.
The Right Gear
Wearing the right gear during your bike ride is important because it can help protect you in case of an accident. Now, don't worry. This isn't going to cost you an arm and a leg but it will save you plenty if the worst were to happen. Take a look at the following suggestions.
- Helmet - Always wear a helmet. Make sure you are buying the correct size and that it can be adjusted. Ask a sales clerk for help if you are unsure of what to get.
- Clothing - If you are riding at dusk or during the night, wear brightly-colored or reflective clothing so you are visible to the drivers on the road. You should also make sure that your pants aren't too loose and are cuffed at the bottom so they don't get caught in the chain.
- Shoes - If you find yourself losing balance or control on your bike, you may try to put your feet on the ground in order to slow down and stabilize yourself. For this reason, closed-toe shoes are the recommended footwear to wear. Doing so will help prevent injuries to your feet.
The Right Moves
There is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders when you are riding your bike on public roads and trails. So, for the safety of yourself and others, it's important to adhere to the following tips.
- Do not wear headphones while riding
- Keep your head up and watch the road and its surrounding areas
- Ride on the right side of the road and only in designated areas
- Use hand signals when making turns or when stopping
- Before entering a roadway, stop and check to make sure your path is clear
- Make sure your bike has reflectors or lights
- Be mindful of others on the road, including pedestrians
- Make sure that your bike has no mechanical issues before taking it out
Safety Comes First
Doing everything possible to keep yourself and those around you safe is the first rule to follow when you decide to go on a bike ride. And once you have that down pat, go ahead and hit the road! There is too much fun to be had to not!
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