We know making the decision to switch to two wheels has endless benefits, however, it doesn’t come without significant risk. Sadly, this is something any keen cyclist knows all too well.
The “us vs them” mentality between motorists and cyclists is an ongoing issue, as is careless driving and a lack of concentration on our roads.
Over 3,000 cyclists get seriously injured every year in Great Britain, with 100 of these resulting in death. Although local governments are working towards safer roads for cyclists, it’s important both cyclists and drivers remain vigilant at all times.
To avoid becoming part of the statistics and staying as safe as possible, there are a number of precautions you can take:
- Make eye contact with drivers, allowing you to better gauge their movements.
- It is crucial cyclists ride decisively, reducing any confusion among motorists.
- Ensure you have working lights, a bell and a helmet.
- Ride in a position that allows optimal visibility between you and the drivers.
- Wear bright or fluorescent clothing, especially at night and in bad weather.
For peace of mind against the unknown, we also highly recommend purchasing cycling insurance.
The combination of knowing you are covered if anything does go wrong, knowing the rules of the road and taking steps like those listed above to increase safety, enables cyclists to ride with a strong level of confidence. This confidence is not only essential for a positive cycling experience day to day, but it can also help encourage more people to take up cycling over more common methods of transport by setting an example that if you can do it, so can they!
Alternatively, if you or someone you know has been involved in a cycling accident, gain obligation-free advice by phoning Cycle Accident Claims Management on 0800 093 6313.