If you love riding bikes, you know how great it is to greet the shining sun and the chirping birds with a smile, knowing that today IS a perfect day to go biking, right?
Before you take your bike out of the garage, make sure you check out these safety tips on how you can have a fun and safe riding experience:
Bicycle Safety – Why is It Important?
As fun as bike riding goes, we must not dismiss the fact that accidents CAN happen. The best and safest way to use bikes is for transportation and not play. Did you know that every year, about 300,000 children are rushed to the emergency department due to bike injuries? At least 10,000 children have injuries that require a couple of days in the hospital. Some injuries can also be fatal, such as head injuries.
This is why it is crucial to wear your bike helmet whenever you ride. Wearing a helmet does not mean one can be reckless, but a helmet can provide protection for your head, face, and brain, in the event of an accident.
Bike helmets have become so important that the U.S. government has created safety standards for them. For instance, helmets should have a sticker that says it meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If your helmet does not have a CPSC sticker, make sure you get a helmet that does. For adults, the new MIPS system adds even more protection! Ask about it today.
Bike helmets should be worn each time you ride – even if you are just going for a short ride.
Once you have the right helmet, make sure you wear it the right way, so it can protect you. Bike helmets should be worn level and should cover one’s forehead. Do not tip it back so your forehead is showing. The straps should always be fastened – always check this. If the straps are flying, your bike helmet will most likely fall off your head when you need it the most.
Many bike helmets today are lightweight, and they even come in cool colors and designs! You can even customize it with reflective stickers – these stickers don’t just look cool, they also make you more visible to car drivers!
In addition to wearing bike helmets, it is also important to know the basic road rules to help keep you safe when riding a bike on the streets:
*Always ride with your hands on the handlebars.
*Make sure to always stop and check for traffic in both directions when leaving driveways, alleys, or curbs.
*Cross only at intersections. Keep in mind that when you pull out between parked cars, chances are drivers will not see you coming.
*Never ride against traffic. It is always best to ride on the right-hand side of the street so that you travel in the same direction as cars do. That’s where they expect you to be.
*Use designated bike routes or bike lanes whenever you can.
*Do not ride too close to parked cars as car doors can open suddenly and cause a collision.
*Make sure to stop at all stop signs and obey traffic lights – just as cars do.
Follow these safety rules and make sure to always wear your helmet when riding for a safe and fun experience!