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How to stay safe on your bike this summer

A bicycle is a great way to get out and get active this summer. It's a fun, low-impact injury that also gives you another mode of transportation and a way to explore the wide open spaces of Oklahoma. It's a great hobby.

That doesn't mean it's perfectly safe. If you're going to ride near cars, you have to be conscious of the risks you face. One mistake by a driver could put you in the hospital. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe:

  • Use lights whenever you ride at night, at dawn or at dusk. The best lights are those with a blinker setting.
  • Wear bright clothes every time you go out. Whether you ride at night or during the day, consider reflective tape or reflective clothing, as well.
  • Practice defensive riding. Assume that drivers are going to make mistakes. Stay alert at all times.
  • Don't listen to music or wear headphones when you ride. Many people love to do it, but it is distracting and it makes defensive riding harder.
  • If you come to an intersection, slow down and watch for cars that may run the stop sign or drivers who are turning.
  • Know where to ride in the road. Don't go up on the sidewalk or ride against traffic.
  • If you are crossing in front of a stopped car, always try to make eye contact with the driver first.
  • Learn the hand signals and use them whenever you turn.

These tips can absolutely help you, but you could still get injured in an accident. Make sure you know your rights to compensation.

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