There are few things worse than biking and having a problem happen. The only thing that could be worse is when that problem is an injury, and you are unprepared.
According to the American Association of Family Physicians, almost 580,000 biking related injuries a year lead to an emergency room.
While those that are situations that can be addressed, 23,000 of those end up turning into hospital stays.
On top of the approx 23,000 people who are admitted to the hospital, almost a thousand people a year die from biking accidents.
The one way to lower your chances of being a statistic is to take action, be prepared, and be aware. All it takes one mistake to end not only your cycling career but in some cases, your life. We will be walking you through six important tips for preventing common injuries on the road.
The first thing is that preparation is always the best way to prevention. When going out, you need to stay safe when you are cycling.
This is not dependent on day or night, but the circumstances themselves may change. A few tips for staying safe when you are on a cycling excursion include;
Riding at night is even more dangerous because of the lack of visibility. Be sure to wear reflective or light colored athletic wear when you are biking. It's important to be as visible as possible, so you don't get hit. It's critical to make sure your bike has all the proper reflectors on it for those late night rides.
While it is tedious, using hand signals when turning at junctions can ensure that there is no miscommunication with other riders or drivers on the road what your intentions are.
It can stave off accidents or other messy situations.
Always have a first aid kit with bandages, a flashlight, swabs, a bit of rubbing alcohol and antibacterial ointment for quick scrapes and falls.
Having a phone plus a flashing light will make it easier for you to get the attention of those that can help you if you are in a bad situation.
In closing, all of the above will keep you safe as long as you adhere to the tips. Though we want to avoid the possibility of injury and issues, the most important thing to keep in mind if a crisis arises is to remain calm.
While it seems obvious, taking a deep breath and not panicking will ensure that things don't get worse and you can think with a clear head. Nothing is worse than making a move before you are ready.
If you are injured, or someone is injured, always think of your physical state, theirs, and what you have that can help the situation.
Have you ever dealt with a situation on the road? If so, leave a comment below.
This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 01:51 pm
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