Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Clients who come to our Vancouver bicycle accident law firm often express profound regret—they often cannot escape feeling that they could have done more to prevent disaster. To that end, following are five important safety tips to keep in mind to minimize your risk of future crashes:
1. Check your brakes before you ride.
Squeeze them together to make sure you can stop in time. Notice any stretched out or frayed cables. Brake pads should squeeze against the rims, not against the tires.
2. Run your bike through its range of gears.
When chains rub against the derailleur, bad things can happen. Before going out on a long bike ride, cycle through the gears to identify any problems with shifting or any difficulty with the chain slipping.
3. Adjust your handlebar and seat.
Did your little brother or friend from work recently ride your bike? If so, the handlebar and seat settings might have been changed, subtly. Sub-optimal seat positioning can lead to disaster. After all, accident prevention is a game of inches and microseconds. Any less-than-ideal riding factors can retard your reaction time and make emergency maneuvers less accurate.
4. Check the tire pressure and overall condition of your wheels.
Unless you are performing some strange circus act, you do not want your wheels to pop-off suddenly, mid-ride. Cracked or weathered wheels are harder to stop and maneuver.
5. Wear that helmet!
Wear a highly calibrated helmet that has inner and outer shells. It should be properly adjusted for your head, so it does not impede your vision. Do not wear the helmet too high—your forehead could be overly exposed.
If you need help dealing with the aftermath of a scary and serious crash, connect with a Vancouver bicycle accident attorney at McComb Witten today. The number is 604-255-9018 and the case evaluation is free. You may also wish to download our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim for more information.
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