As the weather warms up, you may see it as the perfect opportunity to take your bicycle out for a spin. Whether you enjoy cycling on the weekend or as a daily activity, summer is a great time to do it. However, there are also some dangers of riding your bike during the summertime.
Summer brings more traffic, hotter temperatures and inexperienced drivers. This means you must be diligent in staying safe and healthy while you cycle this summer. Follow the below safety tips to avoid accidents and injuries.
Make sure you can be seen
Unfortunately, drivers are not very mindful of cyclists. Always assume you are basically invisible to motorists. Do as much as you can to be visible, such as wearing bright clothing and restricting your nighttime riding. When you ride at night, use flashing lights and wear reflective gear.
Defensive cycling is just as important as defensive driving. This means being as alert as possible. Always keep your head up and scan your surroundings. Be vigilant about anticipating hazards, such as opening car doors and potholes. Be cautious around vehicles, especially at intersections. Communicate your intentions clearly by using hand signals.
Your health and safety should be your number one priority. Dehydration can sneak up on you sooner than you may assume. Avoid dehydration and overheating by bringing along a full water bottle with you on your rides. You should drink plenty of water before and after your rides.
Regularly inspect your bike
Take a look at your bicycle before every ride. Follow this checklist:
- Ensure brakes and gears work properly
- Adjust your seat to the correct height and lock it into place
- Check tire inflation
- Make sure there are reflectors on the front, rear, spokes and pedals
You may not be able to prevent every injury, but these suggestions will help you be a safe cyclist this summer.