Safety Tips Every Cycler Needs to Know

Safety Tips Every Cycler Needs to Know

When biking, accidents happen, and some mistakes are serious. With more bikers on the road every day, bike accidents are quickly becoming one of the most common traffic-related deaths. So naturally, you want to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe, and luckily, there are easy ways to reduce your odds of an accident and maximize your enjoyment on the bike.
 
So, for all you cyclists out there, especially newbies, here are some tips to help you stay safe.
 
Wear your Helmet
 
This one may be obvious, but it’s easy to forget your helmet on the way out for a quick ride, especially if you’re just biking around your neighborhood. While there’s mixed evidence on whether a helmet actually functions to protect a biker from a fall, a helmet at least allows a biker to feel more protected and to take more precautions.
 
Avoid Distractions
 
When biking on the road, the most common accidents start from distracted drivers. So, try to be as predictable as possible. Bike in a straight line, and avoid using your phone or headphones so that you are ready to communicate with cars or other bikers.
 
Remember Your Bike Signals
 
Bike hand signals are really important to use, especially because many accidents happen around road intersections. Make it clear to drivers and other bikers where you are heading to avoid any miscommunications. Hand signals are used when turning, slowing down, stopping, or before passing others.
 
Check Your Bike
 
Let’s not get lazy… be sure to check your bike before your ride. Are your tires inflated? Are your chains in order? These simple pre-ride checks can help ensure your safety when on the road because bicycle malfunctions cause a big portion of biking accidents. Adjust the seat, too, to make yourself comfortable and at ease.

Stay Hydrated and Healthy

Cycling takes energy and energy uses fuel. Stay hydrated and healthy on your bike ride with Hydrogel Sports Fuel and chewable. Shop our Nutrition section before your next ride.