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Change Your Bad Biking Habits with These 5 Tips from Our Vancouver Bike Accident Lawyers

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Out Vancouver bike accident lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients—and those in the community—live safer and more freely. To that end, we offer the following five tips for how to engineer safer biking habits.

1. Conduct an honest audit of your current safety practices.

Do you wear a helmet every time you go out? Is your helmet state of the art and appropriately fitted? Do you wear other proper gear? Do you service your bike regularly? Do you check your bike before and after every ride? Ask yourself these and other relevant safety questions, and answer them as honestly as you can.

2. Identify the most urgent areas of habit improvement.

If you never wear a helmet, start there! Pick the worst bad habits—the ones that, if you improve, would have the most positive impact on your safety.

3. Document the new, improved habit that you would like to adopt.

Our minds are primitive. They respond most powerfully to concrete, vivid language. Rather than saying, “I want to get better at wearing my helmet,” make your new goal, “I will wear my helmet every time I go out, without thinking.” Be specific, concrete, and vivid. Make sure that your new goal will actually improve your safety or the safety of others.

4. Make incremental progress, and document that progress.

It may seem a little silly to journal after every bike ride. However, a written record is invaluable, particularly when you are trying to install a new habit. If you lapse, do not beat yourself up—you do not need to start over from the very beginning. Just take the error in stride, and get back on the horse (or "bike," as it were).

5. Once you have installed one good habit, run the process again. Repeat as necessary.

Creating and installing good habits can be an involved, complicated process. However, it is well worth the effort. A few hours invested now can prevent debilitating injuries years from now.

If you or someone you know has already been in a bike crash, contact a Vancouver bicycle accident attorney at McComb Witten at 604-255-9018 to schedule a free consultation.  Also, please check out our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim, for deeper insights into what to do after a claim.