Whether you cycle for sport or as an environmentally-friendly way to get to work, safety is paramount. That is especially the case if you find yourself riding on a road alongside automobile drivers. People get distracted very easily when sat behind the wheel, and that is why there are so many accidents involving cyclists each year. We’ve come up with some basic safety tips that should help you to avoid injury.
Wear protective equipment
There is lots of different safety equipment you can buy these days, and so there is no excuse for not making the investment. At the very least, you are going to need a helmet and some thick gloves to keep you safe.
Use hand signals
As a driver, I can tell you there is nothing worse than a cyclist who fails to use hand signals. If you reach a junction and you need to make a turn, it is imperative that you let other road users know. Simply changing direction without hand signals could result in a serious accident. Nobody wants to spend time in the hospital.
Stick to the speed limit
Just in case you didn’t know; speed limits apply to cyclists too. If you are traveling through an area that has a low limit, make sure you do not exceed that speed. Doing so will put your life in danger. On top of that, it could also land you on the wrong side of the law. In most instances, cyclists do not have to worry about speed, but it’s still wise to take note of any road signs.
We sincerely hope you will now act in a more mature and responsible manner when using the roads on your bike. If you’re planning to partake in races or get fitter by cycling to work, we wish you the best of luck!
Infographic By Peak 1 Sports