If you are a keen cyclist or you are thinking about investing in your first bike, there are plenty of general hints and tips that can help you stay safe while riding. Coming off a bike is never a pleasant experience, even if you are not riding that fast. Staying safe is imperative and that means knowing how to ride in order to minimise the odds of an accident taking place.
For example you should always think of how visible you are to other road users. Yes they should know you are there and give you plenty of room, but you can never assume someone has seen you. Give them the best chance by avoiding cycling on the inside of a line of stationary or slow-moving traffic for example. Be careful of blind spots as they have been responsible for all manner of accidents – some serious. Remember too that you should obey every single road sign you see. They are for you as well as for a variety of other road users.
The more you learn about being safe by finding out a variety of general hints and tips the more secure you will be when cycling. Don’t forget to wear a helmet and dress appropriately too.
Can you reduce the chances of being injured in an accident?
Yes, there are many things you can do to lessen the odds of being in an accident while on your bike. Knowing how to pay attention to what is happening around you is a big element in your favour, because you never know what other people are going to do. Experience certainly helps but it can also make you complacent, so remember where you are and how vulnerable you can be. It can help you stay safe on the roads wherever you happen to live.
Call the team at Accident Advice Helpline if you’ve been in an accident
Some cycling accidents are down to the actions of the cyclist. Others may have been someone else’s fault. If you think this might be the case in your situation, phone our free 24/7 enquiry line today to find out if we can help you. Accident Advice Helpline has 14 years’ experience in dealing with cases such as these, and we might be able to support your no win, no fee* claim if there is evidence that negligence occurred in your situation. Get in touch today.
Date Published: September 12, 2014
Author: David Brown