Summertime is a great time for bike riding. It is an activity that is free and the whole family can enjoy. However, before your feet touch those pedals, there are some factors that you need to take into consideration first.
Guide to Bicycle Safety
Obey the rules of the road
Driving a bicycle is much like driving a car when it comes to the rules of the road. Be sure that you stop at all red lights and stop signs. Also, follow all other traffic signs such as yield signs and one-way street signs. When riding a bike, you also want to proceed with precaution at all intersections and yield to all pedestrians.
Put down the phone and take off the headphones
This is probably something that is common sense but still bears repeating. When you are peddling a bicycle, do not talk on the phone, do not send or read text messages and do not check your Twitter account. Also, don’t wear headphones to listen to music because you will not have the ability to hear what is going on around you.
Keep to the right side of the road
If you are riding with other cyclists, ride on the road in a single line and always remain on the right side of the road. Be sure that you watch out for parked cars, where someone may open the door to get out of the car and not see you.
Always use a helmet
Whether it is a law in your state or not, make sure everyone is always wearing a bike helmet. Be sure that everyone is wearing a helmet that fits them properly as well.
Be aware of road hazards
It is important that you be on the lookout for things in the road that are hazards like animals, potholes, leaves, broken glass, water puddles and gravel. Coming in contact with any of these hazards may cause you to crash.