Although it is unusual to see a cyclist in the winter months, many people have no alternative means of transport to travel to work or to important appointments. No-one can stay indoors for the entire season therefore it may be safer to consider using your bike to get around. However, before you brave the cold, you may wish to follow our winter cycling checklist to ensure your safety.
Start by checking your lights to ensure they are working. Change the batteries if the battery has been in use for a while. This is an important part of your visibility and is a great way to stay safe from motorists. Check your safety clothing and equipment. Your helmet may save your life if you slip on ice and fall off of your bike. Check the reflectors to ensure maximum visibility and always check your brakes as these can prevent you from being involved in an accident.
You may also want to change tyres to something that provides more grip and you can also fit mudguards to stop gears and brakes from locking. Lastly, plan your route. If you have to, take an alternative route to avoid any hazards such as black ice or thick snow. Many motorists do not realise that there are cyclists on the road at this time of year, so beware of drivers who do may not be ready to show courtesy to cyclists.
General cycling safety
By following this winter cycling checklist, you could be preventing an accident due to poor weather. This checklist is also useful all year round as it can prevent you from becoming involved in a road accident.
You should also ensure that you look all around you when cycling where possible to avoid any rogue motorists or other cyclists. It is also wise to be aware of pedestrians in case of an accident. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident as a pedestrian, motorist or cyclist, you could be entitled to compensation where you have sustained injuries.
How to make a compensation claim
Your compensation claim is more likely to be successful with the right representation.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury claims and we can provide you with the best solicitor to suit your needs.
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Date Published: December 12, 2014