Many people choose to bike instead of drive in California and sharing the road is a big responsibility for both bicyclists and drivers. There are many considerations both parties need to make in order to be cautious of one another. Accidents involving motor vehicles and bicycles can be fatal.
Fortunately, there are some simple tips people can use to help keep the roads safe for both bicycles and cars.
Know the laws
Being aware of the laws is a good first step in being more careful when sharing the road. Drivers of motor vehicles and bicyclists have to obey most of the same driving laws. Bicyclists must stop at stop signs and lights and obey right-of-way regulations, among other rules and laws.
Vigilance is one of the most important ways people can ensure their safety when driving or biking in California. Both drivers and bicyclists should be aware of their surroundings at all times. Taking extra caution when making turns or approaching intersections can help keep everyone safe.
When drivers are changing lanes, turning, crossing intersections and even exiting their vehicles, they should be sure to take time to take stock of their surroundings to be sure they are not putting themselves or others in danger.
Bicyclists should keep the same things in mind. Turning, crossing intersections and biking on the road alongside motor vehicles requires extra thought and vigilance.
Both drivers and bicyclists can take extra precautions before even hitting the road. Bicyclists should wear bright colors and reflective clothing, while drivers should make sure their headlights, turn signals and other vehicle operations are in good working conditions.
Sharing the road between bicyclists and drivers takes work and extra thought, but it is not impossible. With a little thought, vigilance and precaution, everyone can stay safe while out and about on the California roads.