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Bicycle Ouch Memories
Bicycles are part of our childhood memories. There are vivid moments from the time you first saw your new bike up to the time you are learning your first rides on the bike with your family cheering you on.
From playing around, exercising or making new friends, bicycles always have been a part of our lives. However, donít forget that aside from fond memories, we also have memories of getting hurt by bike accidents. Almost everybody who rode a bike has been involved in one form of bicycle accident or another.
Whether you are an adult bicycle enthusiast or you have young ones who are fond of riding bikes, the single most common protection for bike riders in case of accident is wearing a helmet. Elbow and knee pads are great also but head injuries and brain injuries are more serious injuries than broken bones or bruised skin. Thousands of children are treated each year for bicycle accidents. Also, it is reported that 36 percent of bicycle versus car accidents involved children who are under 14 years old.
Although there are helmets and protective gears to help you avoid sustaining serious injuries from bicycle accidents, it is still a better precaution to avoid getting hit by a car. There are simple ways in order to prevent or minimize your chances of getting hit by a car and having that bicycle ouch memories.
One way to prevent accident is to get a headlight or put reflectors on your bike. Even during the day, bicycles are less visible because of the small frame of the bike. Drivers of automobiles are more wary of other cars on the road. Reflectors and headlights will make you more visible to other motorists.
Another way is to have a horn and honk it. Honking your horn will notify pedestrians and cars of your presence. Also, do not drive fast, swerving everywhere. It is hard enough for cars to see you even when you are traveling alongside cars. It is more difficult to spot you if you just dart in and out of lanes.
In the end, always put in mind that you are invisible to traffic. So long as you think that everybody canít see you and will bump you unintentionally, your defensive driving to avoid every possible instance of an accident could just save you and others from a lot of harm.
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