Bicycle Safety Awareness: How Well Do You Know Bicycle Safety?

by Gwen Newell
father and child confidently riding bike down street with aaa bicycle coverage

Cycling is a healthy way to get around for both kids and adults – and as the weather begins to brighten and temperatures start to rise, bicyclists will be taking advantage of outdoor rides now more than ever before.

With more Carolinians bicycling during spring and summer months, there’s no better time for a refresher on your bicycle safety knowledge.

For cyclists:

  • Always wear a helmet when biking.
  • Wear reflective gear if biking in the morning or evening. It shines off the headlights of passing cars.
  • Use hand signals when turning to alert vehicles behind you.
  • Look both ways before merging, turning or crossing a road.
  • Assume that drivers don’t see you and behave accordingly.

For motorists:

  • Give cyclists their room. They have the same right to a lane as you.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Check the medians.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the cyclist.
  • Never engage with or honk at a cyclist, as this may scare them into running off the road.
  • Slow down. Only pass when it’s legal to do so and you have a clear view that there’s no oncoming traffic.

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