As someone who enjoys cycling, you’re probably already aware that drivers can be dangerous. When you’re on the road, people might pass too closely to you or cut you off in traffic. Some may not see you or might be impatient when trying to pass you.
On your bicycle, you have the same right to the road as others. Your bicycle is a vehicle, and as long as you follow the traffic laws, you are allowed to be on the roads, too.
Still, no one wants to get into a bicycle crash. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to avoid them by making your ride safer. Here are three tips.
- Get to know better riding skills and techniques
Before you go out, make sure you have the skills to maneuver and ride safely on the road. Know how to handle a slide or what to do if you are on slippery terrain all of a sudden. Being able to handle your bicycle in unexpected conditions, and knowing when to pull off to the side of the road, is essential.
- Stay vigilant
Another great tip is to stay vigilant by putting away music or listening material until you get where you’re going. You don’t want to wear headphones or earbuds that make it hard for you to hear what’s happening around you. Doing that could put you at a greater risk of a crash.
- Recognize, and prepare for, obstacles
Finally, recognize, and get ready to deal with, any obstacles on the road. From a chair that falls out of a truck bed to an animal that comes out in front of you, you need to be able to avoid or handle obstacles. Always have an exit route in mind. Can you go to the left or off the road safely? Plan a route that has options for easy exits if you come across an obstacle you can’t avoid.
It is up to cyclists and drivers to be safe with each other on the road. As a cyclist, know your rights, but also take time to learn better ways to stay safe.