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Bicycling Safety Tips That Every Bicyclist Should Know

August 14, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Bicycling Safety Tips That Every Bicyclist Should Know

Few other pleasures in life compare to enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of riding a bicycle on a beautiful day. However, when riding a bicycle there are some safety tips worth heeding as a way to avoid accidents and unnecessary injury. This is especially true when sharing the road with other vehicles such as automobiles and motorcycles as well as trucks. Bicycle accident prevention simply means following all the rules of the road and being cautious and courteous with regard to cars, motorcycles and trucks.

Everyone Sharing The Roads

Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain and that is most states today require automobile drivers to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists. In some instances drivers that do not heed the right-of-way to bicyclists can be held criminally responsible for any injuries that may occur. This is especially true where this type of action results in bicyclist being forced off the road. In short, everyone sharing the roads must work together to ensure safety is a top priority.

Riding On A One-Way Street

One safety tip worth considering with regard to riding a bicycle on the road where other motor vehicles are present is to always stay to the far right of the road unless a left turn is required. The only other situation where staying to the far right is not applicable is when riding on a one-way street. Because bicyclists typically travel below the speed limit keeping to the right is essential to ensuring the highest levels of safety at all times. In addition, bicyclists should strive to ride in a straight line while traveling along the right side of the road.

An Ounce Of Prevention

This allows for a more orderly flow of traffic and reduces the chances of any type of impact between a motor vehicle and a cyclist. These cycling safety tips along with always wearing protective gear and a helmet and using turn signals can go a long way in greatly reducing the chances of injury or even loss of life. Play it safe and be a defensive driver when riding a bicycle. An ounce of prevention in this case is truly worth a pound of cure. Contact Hastings and Hastings if you have been involved in a Phoenix bicycle accident that is the result of someone else’s negligence.