Some people rely on their vehicles to get them to and from work, while others take public transportation. But an increasing number of today's workers have come to realize the benefits of bicycle commuting.
Despite the benefits, you may have some fears about being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. This is natural, as you know you'll be riding in close proximity to vehicles at many times.
Here are three safety tips any bicycle commuter can follow:
- Wear the right gear. Even if this means changing when you get to work, so be it. You must wear the right safety gear, including a helmet, riding gloves and long pants. This way, if you get into a collision, you will be wearing as much protection as possible.
- Watch for opening car doors. You spend so much time watching for moving vehicles that you overlook the danger of those that are parked. Getting "doored" can be catastrophic, as it can knock you into lanes of swiftly-moving traffic.
- Use bicycle lanes when available. When you have the option to ride in a bicycle lane, you should always take advantage of the opportunity. It never makes sense to avoid this lane, as it's the safest place to ride.
These three tips can help you avoid trouble while riding your bicycle and also help you better enjoy your trip to and from work.
If you're get into a car-bicycle accident, you need to call 911 for immediate help. Your health comes first, but once you're on the road to recovery, you should learn more about the accident and your legal rights to pursue compensation.