Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Bike shop Chino Hills: common crashes #4: the Wrong Way Wreck

Our bike shop Ontario is running a series of posts exposing the top ten scenarios of bike wrecks. More about these collisions and other great info is available at Bicyclesafe.com.

#4 The Wrong Way Wreck

You are riding the wrong way, the left side, against traffic. A car makes a right turn from a side street, driveway, or parking lot, crashing into you. They didn't see you because they were looking for traffic only on their left, not on their right. They don't expect someone coming at them from the wrong direction.

In another variation of the Wrong Way Wreck, you could be hit by a car on the same road, coming at you from straight ahead of you. Riding towards cars gives them less response time, and causes a more serious wreck.
How to avoid this accident:
Don't ride against traffic. Ride with traffic, in the same direction.
Riding against traffic may seem like a good idea because you can see the cars that are passing you, but it's not. For more explanation about why, check out the Bicyclesafe.com website.

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