Riding a bike is acknowledged as one of the best forms of exercise. It is good for preventing cardiovascular diseases. But unlike other vehicles, bicycles expose the rider to greater risks to injury or even death. According to statistics from the US Department of Transportation, 811 bikers were killed from bicycle accidents in 2015. There were also 45,000 injuries on the same year.
According to the website of Hankey Law Office, while some bike injuries are minor such as cuts, bruises, or scrapes, others can be more serious such as broken bones, head injuries, and death. Given these circumstances, here are some tips on how you can stay safe while biking:
Protect your head
Wearing a helmet reduces a biker’s risk of head injuries by over 50 percent. Likewise, it can reduce the danger of face or neck injury by more than 30 percent.
If other drivers can see you, the risk of accidents is much lower. For this reason, you need to use lights when biking at night or in low-light conditions.
Look, signal & look again
Use hand signals to notify other drivers where you are going. Establish eye contact. More importantly, never assume that drivers will stop.
Always be on guard for obstacles on the road. Sometimes, even a little bump can trigger ass serious accident.
Go where the traffic goes
Stay where the traffic is going. Act like you are driving a car. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic. Be aware of what is happening on the road.
Check your bike
Before heading out to your biking trip, make last minute checkups to be sure that your bike is ready. Check if the bike is properly adjusted or the saddle is in a comfortable position. Also check your brakes and wheels.
With the number of bicycle accidents increasing, having a “safety first” mindset can help prevent you from being part of the fatality statistics.