The return of spring presents the opportunity to break your bike out of storage and head out for a ride. Because you will both ride a bike and drive a vehicle this spring, now is a good time to brush up on bicycle safety for both situations. By staying informed of what to do on the road, you’ll be better able to ensure your safety whether at the wheel or at the handlebars.
Safety while riding
- It should go without saying that you’ll want to wear a helmet and pads when going out for a ride. Also make sure that you are wearing the proper clothing—if you plan on riding day or night, try for light and reflective clothing for better visibility
Get a check-up.
- Just as your car needs seasonal maintenance, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. Things to look for include properly inflated tired, frame integrity, and chain condition.
- Always assume that there is a vehicle in the vicinity of where you’re riding. You’ll want to ride in such a way that you’re always visible while making sure to watch for road hazards like puddles, loose gravel, and manholes.
Safety while driving
Take your time.
- If there is a cyclist on the road in front of you, do not pass them unless you are absolutely certain that you can do so with a wide berth and clear line of visibility. Share the road, and be considerate
Take it slow.
These are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when heading out for a ride or a drive this spring. If you are looking for accessories that make it easier to take your bike with you on road trips, stop into Gossett Kia South and see what we’ve got to offer.