Whenever you take your bike out on the road, you want to make sure that drivers can see you. Many accidents happen when people in cars fail to spot cyclists and cause accidents that could have easily been avoided.
Now, this isn't to say that such an accident would be your fault. You do have a right to use the road. If a driver doesn't see you while you're riding legally, the ensuing accident may be entirely their fault. Still, your goal should be to understand the risks and take what steps you can to keep the accident from happening in the first place.
Here are five ways to do it:
- At intersections, make eye contact with drivers. You'll often be able to tell that they have not seen you before they even start moving.
- Try to ride in places where you're easily visible. For instance, stay out of blind spots whenever possible.
- Wear bright clothing during the day or the night. Buy a bright bike helmet. If you ride a lot at night, think about putting on reflective clothing. Do everything you can to stand out.
- Put a light on your bike. While the front light is important and allows you to see, consider a flashing rear light as well.
- Whenever you decide to turn or stop, signal clearly. Make sure that drivers know what your intentions are.
Naturally, while these safety tips can help and can prevent accidents, some crashes still occur with negligent drivers. If you get injured, make sure you understand all of the legal rights you have to compensation.