Having an electric bike will allow you to easily get around the city, save money, as well as help conserve the environment. E-bikes seem harmless, and they sure are fun to ride. However, there are still safety measures that you have to follow in order to ensure that your rides are as safe as possible. Some of these tips are similar to those that are applied in riding traditional bikes, but there are also a few ones that are specific to riding e-bikes.
- Don’t forget your helmet.
This is a basic and simple tip, but it is also a very important one. Wearing a helmet can save your life someday. It sure is not going to protect other important parts of your body, but at least it is going to cover your head if ever an accident happens. For even better protection, you can go for a full-face helmet. Aside from all-around protection, a full-face helmet can also protect you from the sun and keep you warm in cold weather.
- Use lights and warning devices.
A lot of fatal bike accidents happen during night time—and most of these accidents could have been prevented if the biker used lights and reflectors. Your electric bike may already have reflectors on when you first bought it. However, they are not really enough. It’s a good idea to buy your own front and read LED light. You should also get warning bells and a horn. Yup, you need both. Use the bell to warn pedestrians and use the horn to warn cars.
- Take the lane.
If you can ride your electric bike at a particular road’s speed limit, then it will be best for you to take the lane. This will be much safer for you than if you try to get close to the curb.