While there are numerous benefits to cycling, it is also important to note that the exercise comes with great risks as well. Cycling incidents are common and these result in grave injuries to different parts of the body. You need to pay your undivided attention to your cycle, road and surroundings to ensure you remain safe.
Here are some of the most common ways cyclists end up in accidents, and why you should avoid them.
It is important to maintain a proper diet and participate in other physical activities other than cycling to improve your fitness. If you aren’t physically healthy, it can be difficult to handle your bicycle especially while taking sharp turns.
Not paying attention
You have to constantly pay attention to your surroundings otherwise you may hit a boulder, or someone may hit you, resulting in injuries. Being distracted can result in not estimating your speed properly or failing to brake in time.
Using your phone
This is a big no! You should not use your phone or any other electronic device while driving a car or riding a bike. If you are listening to music while riding, you may not be able to hear the honking of vehicles or in case anyone is shouting to warn you about something. There is no option to set your bike to autopilot which is why it is necessary to always pay your full attention to the road.
As scary as it sounds, don’t let this stop you from taking up cycling as an exercise. As long as you are mindful of what is happening, you will be safe.