In the past few decades with rising fuel and public transport costs, cycling has become a popular method of transport. Here are 10 mistakes that cyclists should avoid.
- Help avoid a car crash by not getting road rage
It isn’t only drivers who get road rage; it can happen to cyclists too. Stay calm and do not stress out because it will distract you from the road which could lead to a road traffic accident.
- Don’t panic
Similar to road rage, if you start panicking if someone gets too close you may lose balance or get distracted for a second which could cause a car collision.
- Give clear signals
If you do not clearly signal where you are going then a car crash can easily happen. Make sure your hand signals are clear to the other road users.
- Don’t rush
The last thing you need is to have to rush to work or whichever destination you are heading to. The more you rush the more chances you may take the more likely you are to be involved in a road traffic accident.
- Don’t start your journey angry
Similar to road rage, if you start the journey angry you will not be able to focus all your attention on the road and could easily get distracted,
- Use cycle lanes as much as possible
If the cycle lane is there, use it to help prevent being involved in a car accident. They are there to help cyclists stay safe.
- Don’t assume a driver will stop
If the gap is only just get big enough to get across the road then don’t risk it; the driver may not stop so don’t take a chance as it could end in a nasty road traffic accident claim.
- Don’t retaliate
If a driver cuts you up or a car gets too close do not retaliate as not only is it not worth the risk but it could cause a nasty car crash.
- Always wear a helmet
Do not think that even if you are travelling a short journey you don’t need a helmet; always wear a helmet, because if you are involved in a car collision it could save your life.
- Look out
Always look where you are going and never get distracted to avoid a car collision.
If you are involved in a cycling accident that wasn’t your fault, speak to Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could make a claim.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice