No matter the season, riding a bicycle is hazardous, with a consistent risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. That being said, adverse weather conditions during the winter months can increase the health and safety risks involved with riding a bicycle, increasing the risk of road accidents for cyclists.
Safely riding a bicycle in winter
If riding a bicycle is your transport mode of choice, then it is important that you take necessary safety precautions over the winter months to minimise the risk of road accident injuries.
Icy weather conditions, heavy rain, and cold, dark mornings and evenings are each particularly hazardous when riding a bicycle, and cannot be controlled. That being said, although you cannot change the weather or the season, you can make changes to how you ride your bike, and the attire you wear to make your journey safer.
To minimise the risk of bicycle accidents this winter, you can:
- Only use roads and paths that have been cleared of snow and ice.
- Check that the bike is in good working order before leaving each day – tread on winter tyres, brakes, fenders and lights.
- Drive with increased caution and ensure that drivers are able to see you – use bicycle lights and clear signals.
- Wear warm clothing – layers are advisable – and winter boots. Opt for tight-fitted hats, not coats with hoods.
- Take your mobile phone with you, so you are able to call for help if you have an accident or get stuck due to adverse weather conditions.
In extreme weather conditions, when weather warnings have been issued, is it advisable to take a break from riding a bicycle. Completely minimise the risk of experiencing an accident on your bike and opt to take the bus or the train. It may not be as cost efficient, or green, but it may be a savvy choice in some situations.
Claiming for road traffic accidents
If you have been injured on the road and you believe you are not to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation for your road-related accident.
No matter the nature of your injury or illness, if the incident occurred within the last three years, we will be able to advise you if you have a case that is eligible to claim compensation.
Call us today on freephone number 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown