While drivers should watch out for you on the roadways, you cannot always count on them to keep you safe. Taking your own safety in your hands when riding a bicycle on the roads will help add a layer of security.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration explains that most bicycle accidents occur either due to a crash with a vehicle or due to a fall.
Basic safety tips
To keep yourself safe when riding a bicycle, you need to practice some basic safety. The first rule is to always wear a helmet. The helmet will provide your head and brain essential protection, and sometimes, it is the only thing between you and the road.
Make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition. Ensure you have proper working lights and that the bike fits your body well.
Never ride with someone else on the bike except in a proper seat. Carry items in a contained bag that will not spill or get in your way. Also, avoid anything that could tangle in your chain or wheels, such as loose shoe strings or long bag strings.
Know the facts
Knowing what to expect when on the roads and when it comes to accidents can help keep you safe. First and foremost, make sure that you follow all the road laws. They apply to you the same as they apply to vehicles.
Also, be aware, the most dangerous times to be on the roads is between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. In addition, make sure to only ride sober. One in every four deadly accidents involves alcohol. Finally, urban areas are the most dangerous. Do not assume that because there are lights and traffic controls in the city that it is safer than riding in a rural area.
You cannot prevent every accident, but being aware of safe practices can greatly increase your chances of a bike ride without an incident.