A helmet is the most important piece of equipment you can use when riding a bike. In fact, it’s so important that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a division of the federal government, devised safety standards for helmets. As such, be sure that your helmet contains a sticker stating that it meets the CPSC’s requirements. Keep reading for more safety tips.
Helmet Safety Tips
Here are some important safety reminders regarding your bike helmet:
- Always wear a helmet with padding whenever you ride your bike—no matter how short the journey may be.
- Make sure your helmet covers your forehead and the straps are securely fastened.
- Maintain your helmet by keeping it in a safe, secure location whenever you aren’t using it.
- Place reflective stickers on your helmet so that motorists can clearly see you on the road.
- If your helmet takes an impact, get a new helmet, as it may not be as effective after such an incident.
Biking Safety Tips
Be sure to follow the rules of the road while biking:
- Keep an eye out for motorists, even if you are on a sidewalk or trail.
- When crossing a busy road, walk your bike through the intersection instead of riding it.
- Always keep your hands on the handlebars.
- Follow traffic laws, just like motorists. That means stopping at stop signs and obeying streetlights.
- When riding in a group, do so in a single-file line.
- Always be on the lookout for common fall spots—like potholes and uneven pavement.
Additional Biking Attire
Apart from having an effective helmet with padding, wearing the appropriate attire while biking is an important safety practice. Always wear brightly colored clothes and place reflective material on your bike. Avoid riding your bike while wearing loose pants, as the pants could easily get caught in the chain and sprocket. Further, stick to wearing sturdy, supportive sneakers while biking.
This blog and its contents are not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice. Extracted from Zywave’s article “LifeStyle Lessons: Stay Safe as You Pedal” © 2008, 2013, 2016, 2021 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.