Preventative Measures Are Better Than Curative Ones: 7 Simple Things You Can Do to Avoid Getting into an Accident with Your Bicycle

Anybody who rides a bike doesn’t need reminding that, at some point, you’re going to be involved in an accident. Even if this refers to simply falling off the bike, the fact is that it’s inevitable. However, while cycling accidents can and will happen, you can be proactive in reducing them.

By being mindful while you’re cycling, not only will you protect your own well-being, but also those around you. Today, we’re going to explore seven simple things you can do to minimize the risk of being involved in cycling accidents.

#1 – Avoid Distractions

The more confident you are on your bike, the more likely you are to succumb to distractions. As soon your awareness is on something else other than cycling; this is where accidents can take place.

When you’re cycling, avoid using headphones, especially during busy times, and minimize the use of your phone while you’re moving.

#2 – Be Aware in Group Cycles

Whether you’re cycling in a group, or you’re cycling on the road with other cyclists, it’s important to be aware of how to stay safe. ‘Overlapping’ is a common problem among cyclists where your front wheel overlaps the rear wheel of the cyclist in front. One wrong move and an accident can take place in a matter of seconds.

#3 – Check Your Corners

Cycling in a straight line where you can see is easy. Traveling around a corner at speed where you can’t see isn’t. Be sure to keep your head straight and focused on where you’re going and decrease your speed when necessary.

#4 – Read the Road

Most accidents will happen not because of a cyclist’s ability to bike, but because of the conditions of the road. This can include potholes, wet conditions, and other hazards that roads typically have. Learn how to compensate. For example, on wet roads, reducing your tire pressure can increase the amount of surface grip you have.

#5 – Stay Relaxed

It doesn’t matter whether you’re running late or you’re trying to beat traffic; the temptation to speed around to get to where you’re going is inevitable at some point. However, while you’re in control of a bike, it’s important to remain calm, collected, and focused.

#6 – Follow the Rules

No matter where you are, there are rules that cyclists should follow, and these are rules every cyclist, driver, and pedestrian should be aware of. If you’re supposed to be in a cycle line, be in a cycle lane. Otherwise, accidents can occur when you are where you shouldn’t be.

#7 – Wear High-Visibility Clothing

The final simple thing you can do reduce cycling accidents is to wear highly visible clothing. This could come in the form of a Hi-Viz jacket, or even just brightly colored clothes. This is especially important at night.

Summary

As you can see, there are plenty of small and simple things you can do to reduce the risk of a cycling accident. Remember to be mindful while you’re cycling, follow the rules of the road, and remain aware of any potential hazards.

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