Cycling is a fantastic way to commute as it’s cheaper and more eco-friendly than driving or taking the train. As with anything, however, there are certain things to be aware of that could make cycling dangerous and potentially fatal. In order to ensure a hassle-free commute, you should safety check your bike. We at Accident Advice Helpline will tell you why it’s always advisable to do so.
Why cleaning your bike regularly is advisable
A simple wipe down of your bike every week will allow you to notice cracks in the frame of your bike. This can help you avoid any injuries that could be caused on your part and be attributed to negligence. If you have been negligent we at Accident Advice Helpline can not assist with any faults which were your own.
How to safety check your bike
- Always ensure that the alignment of your wheels corresponds with your handlebars as it’s important for you to have total control and accuracy when handling your bike. Also, make sure that your seat and wheels are tightly secured as the most bizarre and painful injuries can occur if they are not. If your handlebars aren’t functioning correctly you could fall and suffer serious injuries ranging from grazes, broken bones or a life-changing knee injury.
- Regularly check your tyre pressure and look for slow punctures.
- A check that needs to be done every time before you hop on your bike is checking your chain. You need to make sure that it’s secure, well-oiled and operating in a manner that guarantees a smooth ride.
- Last but not least, another check which needs to be done daily is on your brakes. Before heading out, make sure that your brakes are functioning correctly, respond immediately and don’t stick. It’s massively important to safety check your bike so that your claim doesn’t get dismissed because it looks like you were negligent.
How to claim
If you are in an accident which you feel is not your fault and has occurred in the last three years, then do not hesitate to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline to determine who is to blame. You can have a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of our helpful advisors who will help you through your claim. You can contact us 24/7 by calling our helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Alternatively, you can head to our website and do a 30-second test for immediate feedback.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice