Riding a bike allows you to get where you need to go while staying fit. But cycling has its hazards, too. In 2020, about 932 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle accidents, most of whom were over 20 years old.
However, there are steps to take to reduce your chances of severe injury or death while cycling. Here are four ways to stay safe on the road when cycling.
#1. Wear your helmet
This is the simplest and most important method in bike safety. According to studies conducted between 1989 and 2017, bike helmets reduced the following injuries:
-Head injury by 48 percent
-Severe head injury by 60 percent
-TBI (traumatic brain injury) by 53 percent
-Face injury by 23 percent
-Cyclist injury/death by 34 percent
#2. Make it easier for drivers to see you
Some road accidents occur because drivers can’t see cyclists very well, especially when it’s foggy or dark. It helps to wear light clothing — or attach reflective tape to your clothing — to make yourself noticeable when cycling.
#3. Be cautious cycling during inclement weather
Hazardous weather conditions can make it difficult for drivers to see you, and snow or ice can also slicken the ground, making it harder to control your bike and more challenging for drivers to keep control of their vehicles.
#4. Follow the rules of the road
Acting with predictability increases the chance drivers spot you. If you surprise them by jumping a light or traveling the wrong way down the street, they may not be able to react in time.
Applying these techniques to your cycling routine can cut down on road accidents. Nevertheless, there’s still a chance you could get seriously hurt. If you find yourself injured in a vehicle collision while biking, reach out to see if you qualify for personal injury compensation.