Many commuters enjoy switching over to their bikes in the warmer weather. Bike riding is a great way to get your exercise in for the day, and it helps reduce your carbon footprint. However, biking on the road isn’t easy, and it can be hazardous at times.
Turn with Caution and Pass Slowly
Cyclists must ride on the right side of the road, which can be tricky for drivers who need to make a turn. Before turning, always check your mirrors and double-check your blind spots to make sure that a rider isn’t making the same turn. If you see a rider preparing to make a turn, slow down or make a complete stop and let riders pass.
Once you both turn the corner, allow ample room for your car to pass safely. Never go over the speed limit to aggressively pass a cyclist.
Give Bike Riders Their Space
When driving, or pulling over, make sure that you stay out of the right-side bike lane. Some states require cars to legally leave at least three feet of space between the car and the rider. Always leave enough room between your car and rider near you.
Don’t Make Assumptions
Riding a bike, isn’t as easy as it looks. Not all riders are proficient. They may swerve, need to brake suddenly, or hit a bump in the road and fall. Just like you avoid potholes and other debris in the road, you can expect your rider to do the same. Always check on the rider near you and be aware of their movements.
Tips for Cyclists
For those commuting by bicycle, always take precautions when sharing the road. Observe the traffic regulations, make sure you’re paying attention to red lights and stop signs. As well as, always use your turn signals to communicate with other drivers.
Wear Protective Clothing
Traveling on the road puts you at a higher risk of getting into an accident. That’s why you should never hit the road without your helmet. If you plan on traveling in darker hours, make sure you wear bright-colored or reflective clothing to appear visible to the other drivers.
Remember Accidents Can Happen
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