Cycling around the city has a number of benefits – it’s good
exercise, better for the environment and reduces the cost of filling up
a gas tank. Before you hit the road, however, it’s important that
you do everything you can to reduce the chances of a dangerous accident
taking place. Here are some helpful safety tips to remember when taking
your bicycle to the streets:
Use Hand Signals
When riding your bike in the street, using hand signals to let drivers
know where you’re going. Do not assume that drivers will stop for
you. Making your intentions clear to everyone on the road will help reduce
the risk of an accident.
Go Through a Mental Checklist
Is your bicycle properly adjusted? Are your brakes working to the best
of their ability? Do your tires have enough air? These are the questions
you should ask yourself before getting on your bike. Going through a mental
checklist eliminates the chance of something going wrong while you’re
on your bike surrounded by moving traffic.
Respect the Law
It’s important to remember that you have the same responsibilities
and rights as drivers. You should always be obeying traffic signals and
stop signs. Be sure to ride in the same direction as traffic and use the
Stay in Sight
Because you are not given the same amount of protection you’d receive
while in a car, avoid blind spots if possible. If cars can’t see
you, that creates a potentially dangerous situation. If you’re biking
at night or in low-light conditions, use lights. During the day, try to
wear bright colored clothing that will make you stand out and easily visible.
Protect Your Head
Wearing a helmet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure
your safety, yet it’s the one most people ignore. Regardless of
the level of skill you may think you have, riding without a helmet means
risking a life-threatening head injury. Cuts, bruises and scratches will
heal but the impact of a serious head injury can last forever.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, contact our Philadelphia
bicycle accident lawyer to request a
free case consultation.