For many, cycling is a fun way to incorporate exercise into their daily routine. Unfortunately, bicycle riding can be dangerous and cycling accidents can result in severe and fatal injuries. That’s why it’s essential to limit the risk of a bicycle accident by following basic safety and commuter tips. These include:
1. Wear a helmet
According to research, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of serious injury by 70%. Although this doesn’t guarantee to save your life, it gives you better odds than going bareheaded.
2. See and be seen
Whether you’re cycling at night, during the day, or in foul weather, wear bright colours and reflective clothing to maximize your chances of being seen. If there’s any danger, move into the primary position (centre of the lane) to pass side roads and make eye contact with drivers at every junction you pass.
Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean they can see you. So, look around at regular intervals to ensure your safety.
3. Check your equipment before you ride
Cycling accidents aren’t always caused by a negligent driver or an unexpected road bump. Equipment failure and malfunctions contribute to several bicycle crashes. To reduce this risk, check your equipment before your cycle.
First, ensure your tires are properly inflated and your gears and chains are not damaged. Then, check your lights and reflectors to make sure they’re functioning and inspect your helmet and bike for any defects.
4. Keep your hands on the bike
Cycling hands-free is never a good idea, whether you’re an amateur or seasoned pro. You’re more likely to fall off your bike and cause an accident or take much longer to react to unexpected circumstances. Always keeps your hands on the bike, especially when you’re sharing the road with other cars.
5. Stay alert
Distracted cycling is a leading cause of bicycle accidents in the UK, making it vital to stay alert when riding your bike. Always be aware of your surroundings, from the vehicles on the opposite side of the road to the pedestrians on the sidewalk. Staying alert ensures you can anticipate any accidents and react on time.
Have you had a cycling accident?
These tips go a long way in ensuring your safety while cycling and preventing accidents, but if you do have one, we’re happy to help. Our team of dedicated experts offer free advice, and all you have to do is contact us today.