7 Safety Tips for Bicycling Commuters
By: Ana Margarita Olar | Vigorbuddy.com
Riding a bike has many advantages. One, you do your share in lowering the traffic. Two, you don’t add up in pollution. And three, you engage in a physical workout when bicycling.
But, before you decide to commute using your bike, here are some safety tips:
CHECK YOUR BIKE
Before you go on bicycling, you have to check your gears first. Check the tires, if it needs to be filled with air. You should also check if the tire needs changing. Another important thing is the break. Make sure that it is not too tight or too loose. Check the handles and the body to make sure there are no loose parts.
PLAN THE ROUTE AND KNOW THE LAW
Before you decide to be a bicycling commuter, be sure that you know the route and the law. Make sure that there are biking lanes or shoulders where you can pass through. Know exactly where you are going to save time and keep you out of danger. Choose streets with less traffic and avoid busy intersections and construction sites.
Make sure that you wear a helmet and protective gears for bicycling. Make sure that you wear protective clothing to avoid scratches during a fall or a slide. You’ll never know when road accidents will happen so you better have some protection.
While you are on the road, make sure that you obey the traffic rules and regulations. Keep your ears and eyes open at all times. Avoid distractions such as checking on your mobile phone while driving. Always look at where you are going. Make sure that you are aware of what is happening on the road that you are taking.
BE PREPARED FOR ELEMENTS
Aside from protective gears, you should also be ready when it rains. Bring along a raincoat. And wear protective glasses to avoid getting dust and dirt on your eyes while cycling.
BE COURTEOUS AT ALL TIMES
Some road accidents happen not because of the vehicle. There are incidents brought about by the hotheadedness of the drivers. When you are in this situation, maintain you’re cool. It is better when you stay humble and alive than to be a victim of road violence because of road fights and loss of temper.
Take extra precaution. Be wise and maintain good sense when you are cycling. Don’t try to squeeze between vehicles.
Be careful when going through sharp curves or tunnels.
Follow these seven tips when bicycling. Protect yourself and be mindful of other’s safety while you are on the road.