There is nothing quite like taking to the open road. When your wheels hit the pavement, it's liberating. Every time you bike on the road, you are making a choice to be good to your body and the environment, but there are some things you want to look out for when riding. Here are some potential hazards you'll want to be aware of when biking so that you can stay safe and maximize your fun.
Cars and Motorists
Cars are one of the most obvious potential hazards, and also one of the most dangerous. Of course, we're discussing automobiles. It is always of the utmost importance that you ride cautiously when sharing the road. Just because you legally have the right of way doesn't mean that drivers will always know that or yield, so erring on the side of caution is best. On the other hand, when it comes to obeying the rules, remember that you are not exempt. From traffic lights to stop signs, you must follow the law. Keep in mind that cyclists and motorists have the same rights and responsibilities when out on the road. You're just more vulnerable.
A lot of state websites will keep an updated list of road hazards such as spots where there is substantial damage from potholes. Being aware of road conditions is an excellent way to proactively stay safe. Remember that if you wouldn't want to drive over it in a car, you definitely want to avoid road damage while cycling. Be sure to always report damage that you see while out on the road so that other cyclists can remain safe too.
There really isn't much you can do to stop animals from crossing the road while you bike. You can, however, choose routes that are less likely to be densely populated by deer and other animals. You can also be mindful of the time of day when you ride. Avoid riding at dawn and dusk, especially during hunting season. Doing so will limit the number of unwanted animal encounters you experience during your trek.
Riding your bike is great exercise. It is also a great way to get from one place to another, especially if you'd rather avoid taking your vehicle or you just want to enjoy some of nature's splendor. Be sure to follow these tips to ensure that your next ride is as safe as possible.
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