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Commute Safely While Biking

Posted on Monday, April 08, 2019 in Home / Auto

Posted By:
Jan Schawe - jschawe@roeding.com

As temperatures start to rise, many commuters may consider using a bike instead of their cars. Biking is a great way to get exercise, and can help you save money on gas. In fact, the average person spends nearly $9,000 a year to drive their car according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Keep these tips in mind to ensure you’re safe while biking:

·       Always use hand signals to let surrounding traffic know when you’re turning and stopping.

·       Purchase brightly colored clothing to make yourself more visible when it’s dark or if you're biking in a wooded area.

·       Practice your main routes beforehand by biking on the weekend or driving alongside them in your car to make sure that all bike paths are safe.

·       Keep any relevant locals laws that apply to bikers in mind, such as how to interact with motorists while sharing the road.

·       Protect your head by wearing a helmet that’s certified for biking by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

·       Be sure to bring a water bottle and cellphone with you when you bike.

Biking is a healthy alternative to driving. But to stay safe, it’s crucial that you remain attentive and cautious of cars on the road.

For more bike safety tips, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.