Riding a bike is a great hobby and wonderful way to exercise, but it can be dangerous if you don’t take the necessary precautions, safety measures, and if you don’t follow the rules of the road. Other than the most obvious safety tip of wearing a helmet, here are some other tips for safe bicycling that will save your life and prevent you from getting into an accident.
Avoid Busy Streets
Whenever possible, don’t ride on busy streets. The less cars on the road with you, the less your chances are of getting hit by a car. And, if there are cars on these side roads, they will be driving a lot slower than a main road.
Light Up Your Bike
If you ride at night, or even late in the afternoon or early evening, you should put some lights on your bike. Bike shops sell rear red blinking lights for $15 or less. Or, you can probably find them online for even cheaper money. You’ll want headlights too. Buy LED lights because they will last a lot longer.
Be a Road Hog
Yes, that’s right. When on a bike it is safer to take up the entire lane. At the least, ride as close to the center as you can, instead of hugging the curb. This way you’ll be able to better see the cars at the intersections in front of you; cars won’t be able to pass to close to you on skinny roads, and the cars behind you will be able to see you well.
If you let motorists know which way you are going, they will be less likely to hit you. Every time you are going to make a turn, use your arm signals before you start turning. Point your left arm out straight when you are going to be turning left and point your right arm out straight if you are planning to turn right. And, even when you signal, it is still vital that you look behind you to before you make your turn, to avoid a collision with a vehicle.