As you may know the Tour of Britain has now begun and will be passing through areas of Staffordshire this Thursday. So, to keep with the theme of biking we have put together a safety guide for bikes to ensure you stay safe on the roads.
Safety tip 1:- Control your bike
- Make sure your bike is the correct size for you and that the seat and handle bars are properly adjusted.
- Ensuring your bike is comfortable will make it easier for you to control.
If you are unsure what bike to purchase, your local bike shop can advise you of the types, makes and models that will suit you and your needs.
Safety tip 2:- Stay protected
- It is important you wear all of the safety gear that is available to you to prevent yourself from getting injured.
- See below for the items that will ensure you are protected whilst riding your bike.
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Protective clothing
- High vis cycling jacket
- Bike light
- Appropriate shoes or trainers
Safety tip 3:- Communicate
There is always a risk of being injured by a motorist who may not have seen you, which is why it is important to communicate.
- Use hand signals before making turns or changing lanes to warn motorists around you what your intentions are.
- Adding mirrors to you bike can also increase your awareness.
- Don’t forget when signalling to other drivers be sure to keep one hand on the bike to remain in control.
Safety tip 4:- Concentrate
It is easy to go into your own world when you are cycling which could make you lose concentration.
Be sure to
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Avoid potholes and any other unsafe road conditions.
- Look over your shoulder to assess oncoming traffic.
Don’t forget some roads have a cycle lane so be sure to stick to this.
Hopefully you found our guide useful and will feel safe on the roads!
If you want to join in the fun with the Tour of Britain check out their website which features a map of the routes the bikers will be doing. You may even spot gold medal winner Bradley Wiggins! Click here for their website.