According to statistics published by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 20,000 cyclists are killed or injured each year on UK roads. These figures are startling and show that cyclists are a particularly vulnerable demographic when it comes to traffic accidents. It’s important to cycle in a safe manner to reduce the chances of being involved in a serious accident. We all like to listen to music, especially on our morning to commute to work, whether it’s on public transport, on the radio in the car, or walking. But is it dangerous whilst riding a bike?
Don’t listen to music whilst riding a bike
As much as we use our eyes to observe the traffic on the roads, we also depend on our ears to listen out for traffic approaching that we may not be able to see. What separates cyclists from drivers of other vehicles is that they would need to wear headphones in order to listen to music. Listening to music whilst riding a bike can distract your attention from the road and cause you to miss an overtaking vehicle at close proximity, leaving you unable to react as you normally would. A split-second lapse in concentration or delayed reaction is all it requires for a cycling accident to occur. Listening to music whilst riding a bike is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
Additional safety measures whilst riding a bike
It’s important to take precautions in order to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident when cycling. Whilst you shouldn’t listen to music whilst riding a bike, there are a number of other precautions that are equally, if not more, important. These include:
- Wearing a helmet to protect yourself from head injury
- Wearing reflective clothing to be more visible, especially in the dark winter months
- Wearing appropriate clothing to prevent frostbite
- Obeying the laws of the road as if you were a motorist
Claiming compensation for a cyclist injury
Being injured in a road traffic accident can be a traumatic and painful experience. A claim for compensation won’t take away the pain and suffering of an accident but can help to alleviate the unexpected financial difficulties that arise as a result. Accident Advice Helpline’s highly trained advisors are just a phone call away on 0800 689 0500. All claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee basis.