A Medical Journal of Australia study reported that there were over 10,000 road traffic cyclist deaths between 2007 and 2015 that totaled an estimated $14 billion in health loss costs. Serious cyclist injuries have been on the rise, increasing around 8% annually.
Cycling to work can be great for your health and save money on fuel and vehicle expenses. Before you start commuting by bicycle, make sure you use the following methods to stay safe on the road.
- Leave Room Between You and the Curb
Many cyclists think that staying close to the curb is safer. There is actually a bigger hazard waiting in this area: stationary vehicles and open doors. Make sure you leave enough space to avoid these threats. Give yourself at least a car door-wide gap to prevent a sudden collision.
- Wear Protective Gear
You should never leave home without your Australian standards-approved helmet. Head gear should be properly sized so it fits comfortably and won’t get into your field of vision or fall off in an accident. While the helmet is the most important thing, you may also consider wearing knee and elbow protection.
- Equip your Bicycle
If you work during normal business hours, then there may be a lot of road activity while you’re cycling. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order and add a mirror that will allow you to see what’s around you at a glance.
- Always Look Before You Turn
Always look before making a turn. Try to make eye contact with others on the road. This reminds them that you are there and ensures that you can see what’s coming. While vehicles are the largest obstacle in terms of size, remember to also watch out for pedestrians, animals and other cyclists.
- Never Ride Along Large Vehicles
Do not ride along large vehicles like trucks or buses. The drivers cannot see you and may make a turn, which could put you in a tight spot with little warning.
Safe riding habits are the best way to avoid an accident while travelling to work. If you have questions or were in a cycling accident, contact Carew Lawyers right away. We can provide information and advice to help you find a way to recover financially.