On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in blog on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
If you ride your bike a lot, you know it comes with various advantages. It is good for your health, your wallet and the environment. Unfortunately, some environments - and drivers - are not particularly bicycle-friendly. Sharing the road with cars and commercial trucks can be intimidating, whether you are riding on a long country lane or through the city streets.
Staying safe on your bike mainly comes down to having the proper gear, recognizing road hazards and avoiding collisions. Keep reading below for bicycle safety tips from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
1. Wear a good helmet
You should always wear a helmet designed for bicyclists. This will reduce your risk of sustaining a brain injury if you crash your bike. While Georgia law does not require bicyclists 12 years and up to wear helmets, it still recommends doing so. For the most protection, get a helmet that is certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
2. Be aware of hazards
Road conditions and inclement weather can be especially dangerous to bicyclists. Always pay attention to your surroundings and identify potential hazards to stay safe. Avoid riding in areas that are uneven, slippery or contain obstructions. Simply slow down or even walk your bike if you must.
3. Avoid accidents
There are several things you can do to avoid crashing. You can increase your visibility to drivers by wearing bright and reflective clothing and applying lights and reflectors to your bike. Keep yourself aware by never wearing headphones while riding. Remember to always use correct hand signals.
Riding your bike is fun and efficient, but you need to prioritize your safety. Whether you have been riding for five or 50 years, you should always make sure you are riding correctly. While you may not be able to predict or control the actions of motorists on the road, you can enhance your safety by following these three tips.