Because a bike is much smaller and weighs less than an automobile, it is pretty scary when riding in traffic. Because we can’t control what a driver might do, it is pretty important to be on the defensive at all times.
Ride With The Flow Of Traffic
Wouldn’t you agree that it is far more dangerous to ride against the flow of traffic? It seems like it is better to see what’s coming towards you than behind you. I really believe that it startles drivers when they see a bicycle coming towards them. This alone can cause a panic situation that won’t work out well for anyone involved. Riding to the right of the road is the safest way in comparison.
Riding With The Same Thought Of Driving A Car
When driving a car you are responsible for following the rules of the road. The same applies while riding a bicycle down a road. Look at it this way, If there is a stop sign I don’t think it is wise to just ride right through it because you are on a bike and not a car. Obeying traffic signs help prepare another motorist for the actions you are doing in the presence of other vehicles.
Why Is It Important To Stay Alert?
There are many things that can make you lose control of your bike such as cracks in the road, potholes, grates, railroad tracks and even big rocks. This could result in tragedy if there is a car on the side of you. Looking and listening is a must while making turns or lane changes. Using hand signals, if you don’t have a lighted system, is a strong way to help drivers know what you plan to do. Parked cars can be tricky as well. What if someone opens a door upright when you are riding by? This can very likely happen.
Riding In A Predictable Fashion
Where to ride a bike should be determined by how visible it will make you. Then you have to also be predictable in your actions. Stay to the right of the road and not in the middle of a lane. Don’t ride in and out of the cars. It is much safer to ride in a straight line. Use hand signals or a lighted system when turning and stopping. This will make motorist see you as another vehicle and respect the area you ride in.
Enjoy The Ride: Feeling Comfortable
If we feel safe and confident that how we are riding is the proper way, it will lead to safe riding. Then we can enjoy the surroundings along with the ride. And isn’t that what it is all about? With that in mind: Keep on Pedaling!
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