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Friday, April 06, 2012
Reflective Safety Gear
Bicycle safety is very important. It can mean the difference between life or death. There are some basic rules of the road for bicyclists. If you follow them closely, you will be much safer when you are riding in traffic. Many accidents between cars and bicycles could be prevented if both the driver of the car and the bicyclist were following the rules of the road. Here are some basic safety tips.

Always inspect your bike before each trip. Be sure it is in safe running order. Check the tires and brakes and be sure the seat is securely attached.Take your time, if you are riding in traffic you should obey all rules of the road. Always stop at stop signs and traffic lights.

Remember to always wear the proper safety gear. Wear a quality helmet to protect your head. Most serious injuries involving a bike vs. car are head injuries. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the bike rider was wearing a quality helmet that fits them properly and is secured correctly on their head. Be sure to ride on the right side of the road and always signal when making a turn. Some riders choose to wear knee pads and elbow pads.

Always assume that the driver of the vehicles that you are sharing the road with don't see you. Be aware of the vehicles around you positions, and actions. If you are riding with a partner do not follow their actions, assuming that they are paying attention. Make sure you are aware of the road on your own. Wear reflective clothing as well. This will make you more visible to car traffic.

There is a variety of reflective apparel available for bicyclists. The more reflective clothing that you wear the safer you will be. It is suggested that you wear reflective armbands, reflective leg bands, reflective belts, reflective vests and reflective backpacks. The reasons for wearing this equipment are quite simple. Most reflective armbands are relatively inexpensive and they will alert any drivers of your presence. When you signal before turning, reflective arm bands and reflective leg bands will draw attention to your location as you are turning. Bicyclist who ride regularly often purchase reflective vests and reflective belts also. It is proven that the more reflective clothing you wear when riding, especially at night, the safer you will be. If you are traveling long distances and need to carry extra items, it is suggested that you wear reflective backpacks on your ride.

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