It is estimated that nearly a hundred bicyclists are killed in the state of Florida each year, and thousands more are injured. This has caused the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to state that Florida is the most dangerous state for bicyclists. Victims may suffer broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, bruising, spinal cord injuries, road rash, and other serious injuries. While you cannot control the actions of others, there are several steps you can take to increase your safety as a bicyclist in Florida.
- Increase Your Visibility
Bicycles are small and hard to see, especially at night or in foggy weather. You should wear bright colored clothing during the day, and reflective clothing at night. Furthermore, you can put lights on your bicycle to help drivers see you. It is also a good idea to make eye contact with drivers when possible. By installing reflective lights on your bike, wearing bright clothing, and making eye contact with drivers around you, you can reduce your risk of an accident.
- Pay Attention to the Weather
Bad weather conditions lead to hundreds of traffic crashes each year. When it is rainy, the streets are slick and you will be less visible to drivers. It is important to exercise caution and to wear proper protective clothing. You should also wear reflective vests to make you more visible.
- Obey Traffic Laws
As a bicyclist, you are responsible to obey all federal and state traffic laws. This means you should ride in a designated bike lane, avoid weaving across traffic lanes, and ride in a safe and legal manner. By staying focused on the road and following all traffic laws, you can increase your safety and avoid a crash.
- Plan Ahead
Before going on a trip, it is important to map out your route beforehand. This way, you don’t have to be distracted with figuring out where you are going. You should also ensure your bicycle is a good fit for you, and that your helmet is secure. By planning ahead, you can stay focused and help prevent a serious accident.
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