Riding Like a Pro: 3 Safety Tips
Guest written by Utah Injury Lawyers at Christensen & Hymas
As avid cyclists, Bluff is among our favorite areas. Its highways stretch on for miles across open desert, big skies, and red rock. The area offers great climbs and long rides to destinations like Monument Valley. As bicycle accident attorneys, we have seen tragic accidents that could have been avoided with proper bicycle safety habits. The following is a list of advice that has kept us, and others safe while riding in the Bluff area.
● Always Obey traffic laws, such as:
○ Stopping at intersections
○ Using proper hand signals when turning, stopping, etc.
○ Ride with the flow of traffic
● Use the shoulder of the road. Legally you are entitled to the whole lane, although it is recommended to ride on the side of the road.
● Wear a helmet. Although it is not illegal to not wear a helmet in Utah, we highly recommend it. Several serious injuries from bicycle accidents could have been avoided if the cyclist had been properly protected. You won’t be sorry.
The area offers long, expansive roads with little traffic. Being prepared for this type of cycling could help you avoid being stranded.
● Stay hydrated. Bring a sufficient amount of water and extra. Make sure that you are drinking water throughout your ride.
● Bring snacks, especially things that you enjoy eating so that you can maintain your energy and give your body the fuel it needs for those long rides.
● Bring along a first aid and repair kit just in case something goes wrong.
● Make sure that your bike is tuned up and ready for potentially long rides.
● Ride in a group, or if you are alone, tell someone which route you intend on riding.
Make Yourself Visible:
Making yourself visible will avoid any unwanted run-ins with nearby cars.
● Avoid cycling in cars’ blind spots. Never assume that a car can see you, even if they are right next to it. You can avoid cycling in a blind spot simply by staying behind the car.
● Wear colorful and bright clothing. Avoid wearing darker clothes that could help you blend in with the road.
● Equip your bicycle with appropriate reflectors and lights. Lights will increase your chances of being seen. If possible, we recommend not riding at night.