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6 Road Safety Tips for Bikers

6 Road Safety Tips for Bikers

Summer has finally arrived, it’s time to get outside! Biking is a great alternative to driving – you can help the environment and save on gas money all while having fun with friends or family. Still, safety always comes first. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or casual weekend cruiser, follow these tips to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.

1. Wear a helmet

You always heard it growing up, and with good reason. Even for short distances or easy trips, experts recommend always wearing a helmet. AAA reports that helmets reduce your risk of injury by as much as 85 percent.

2. Watch for road hazards

Minor inconveniences in a car can be more problematic when riding a bike. Be on the lookout for potential hazards like loose gravel, broken glass, puddles, potholes, and piles of leaves. Particularly on road bikes or any bike with smaller tires, it can be easy to slip or crash.

3. Adjust your bicycle seat

You might be surprised at how big of a difference a comfortable and well-fitting seat can make on your biking experience. Your seat height should allow a slight bend in your knee when standing straight up. Make sure that the seat is level from front to back and that your handlebars are level with the seat.

4. Ride on the right side of the road

A lot of accidents can be avoided by riding with the flow of traffic, never against it. Drivers are used to driving with other cars – the more predictable you ride, the safer you will be. Even when riding on the right side of the road, be sure not to swerve or weave into traffic coming from behind. Riding on the wrong side of the road also puts you at the risk of getting a ticket!

5. Use lights and reflectors

When riding at night or in low light, a bike light can make all the difference. In many states, white lights on the front and red reflectors on the back are required by law. You might also consider wearing clothes or body reflectors that will make you more visible to cars on the road.

6. Obey all traffic laws

It may not feel like it, but bicycles are considered road vehicles just like cars and motorcycles. You must always stop at red lights, stop signs, and obey all other traffic signs. You must use marked bike lanes when available, as riding on the sidewalk is illegal for bikers above the age of 12.