If you plan to explore your neighborhood or commute to work on your bicycle this summer, prioritize your safety. Having a well-maintained bike with the right equipment can reduce your risk for serious auto accident injuries.
Prepare for safe summer cycling with these important tips.
Add a water bottle holder to your bike or carry a bag that can accommodate plenty of liquids. If you become dehydrated, you could become exhausted, dizzy and faint, increasing your risk of a dangerous fall or collision.
Check tires and wheels
Inflate your bike tires to the proper PSI for a smooth and safe ride. Check tires and add air if necessary before each adventure. Make sure wheels are firmly fastened to the frame of your bike and spin them to ensure smooth operation. Add lubrication if you hear squeaks and squeals. Clean the chain thoroughly and visit your local bike shop for a replacement if it develops rust you cannot remove.
Upgrade your helmet
The right bike helmet can prevent a disabling or potentially fatal traumatic brain injury. Have a professional fit you with a helmet that feels comfortable while providing trustworthy protection. Look for a helmet with certification from the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Replace your bike helmet every five years or anytime you have an impact with the helmet.
If you or a loved one suffers a serious bike accident injury, you can seek legal compensation in New York if a driver or another third party caused the crash. You have three years from the date of the collision to file a claim in court.