Safety advice for cyclists
Cycling is one way of getting around. It provides you with exercise which is low impact and does not cause strains, muscle or joint pain – but high impact enough to improve your general level of health. Cycling is also good for the environment, allowing you to get around without harming the air around you.
If you do decide to cycle to work each day rather than drive or take public transport, you should be aware of some of the inherent risks of being a cyclist on the road. This includes the possibility that you may have an accident and sustain a whiplash injury or worse from being hit by a car. The best way to avoid a whiplash injury in Chulmleigh (or anywhere else for that matter) is not to get into an accident in the first place, so here are some tips for being safe when you’re cycling.
- Be visible. This means a number of things. First of all you should always cycle in bright or even fluorescent clothing which will make you stand out even on dark nights or rainy days. You should also make your presence known in the road and avoid disappearing behind other vehicles.
- Steer clear of kerbs. Cycling too close to the kerb may feel safer, as you are out of the way of the other vehicles on the road, but the area next to the kerb is more likely to be full of debris and have loose drain covers which could cause an accident.
- Make eye contact. If you make eye contact with drivers then you can be sure that they know that you are there, and also that they are aware of what you are planning to do next. As long as you know a driver can see you, you know that you are less likely to be injured by them.
- Wear a helmet. Never go out on your bike without a helmet, even if you are only planning to use cycle lanes or ride in the park where there is no traffic. A cycle helmet can take a crash or a fall from fatal to minor, saving your life.
If you do however have an accident (which isn’t your fault) and sustain a whiplash injury in Chulmleigh (or any other type of injury), call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether or not you might be able to claim compensation. The helpline works with a team of experienced and professional personal injury lawyers who will work with you on a 100% basis to get you the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 5th May 2014
Author: David Brown