Bike Safety Tips

Bike Safety is important when it comes to keeping road users safe.

Educating yourself on Bike Safety can help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving bikes on the road. 

Take a look below at some helpful tips on how to be “Bike Smart”.

Wear a Helmet

Protect yourself and wear a helmet. Make sure it is properly fitted so it can be fully effective if needed. Helmets are vital in preventing serious or potentially fatal head and brain injuries. Your helmet needs to be replaced around every five years due to the materials degrading. It is also advised that if your helmet is dropped or involved in an accident it should be replaced.

Learn The Rules Of The Road

Bike SafetyAlthough you don’t have to pass a driving test as you would as a motorcyclist or motorist, you are still a vehicle on the road. Therefore for the safety of you and others, you need to know the rules of the road.

Make sure you are riding with the flow of traffic, don’t think because you aren’t in a car you can skip red lights or drive over a busy crossing. If you are turning make sure you signal with your hands well in advance before a turn so other vehicle users know what you are doing. Make eye contact with the driver where possible for better communication. Keep up your observations when entering streets and control your speed regularly with your brakes.

Does Your Bike Fit You?

As a bike user, you should keep in mind a few constraints when selecting a bike that fits you.

  • There should be 1-2 inches gap between you and the bar on the bike. This goes up to 5 inches if you are selecting a mountain bike.
  • When adjusting your seat, make sure that your fully stretched out leg has a slight bend.

Do a quick audit of the bike to make sure it is safe to use:

  • Handlebars should be firm and easy to turn.
  • Wheels should be secure and straight.
  • Check that your brakes work properly and are not worn unevenly.

Be Visible At All Times

Do not assume that other people can see you. Enhance your visibility as much as possible by kitting out yourself and your bike with reflective materials and fluorescent colours.

Stay Alert To Stay Safe

  • Avoid wearing headphones, they can drown out the noise of traffic and pedestrians.
  • The road isn’t always dry and flat so watch out for any potential obstacles in the terrain. Keep an eye out for potholes, railway tracks, wet leaves or drains.
  • Take extra care when driving on ice, wet surfaces or snow. Lower your speed and allow extra time on your journey.
  • Proceed slowly to railway tracks an cross them at a 90-degree angle for better visibility.

Bike Safety: Motorcyclists

Bike SafetyHere are some tips for motorcyclists on keeping safe on the road:

  • Make sure you are wearing all the right safety gear. A crash on the tarmac can shred unsuitable clothes and skin in an instant. Bikers must wear protective boots,  gloves, pants and jacket.
  • Make sure you are visible at all times and you have a suitable helmet on. Find out all you need to know about helmet safety ratings here.
  • Make sure you regularly observe the road when driving and when conducting manoeuvres.

Road Safety Tips

For more advice on staying safe as a pedestrian, motorist or cyclist, take a look at our blog on road safety here.

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