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Cycling Tips to Avoid Injury

Despite the unpredictability of April weather, warmer days are on the way, and that means more cyclists on roads and trails. Although no mode of transportation guarantees safety, there are precautions you can take to avoid common pitfalls in cycling and aid you in avoiding injury. Cycling is more dangerous than swimming and skateboarding combined, so it is important to stay vigilant when you are on the road.

First, always wear a helmet.  Helmets protect against brain and other serious injuries. But make sure your helmet is fitted property and secure.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides tips on its website to make sure you are wearing the proper helmet.

Second, remember that you need to ride with the flow of traffic, not against it. While riding against traffic may make it easier for you to see, it makes it more difficult for vehicle drivers to see you. Obey road signs as well, such as stopping at red lights and yielding to oncoming traffic.

Third, try to limit your cycling to daytime hours. While bicycles have reflectors, they can still be hard to see from any distance at night.  And wear light-colored, reflective clothing if you decide to bike after dark. It is also important to outfit your bicycle and helmet with lights.

Lastly, be sure to use hand signals when riding. Doing so gives vehicle drivers notice of your movements, and they can adjust their speeds accordingly to avoid running into you as you slow down.