Three Bicycle Hand Signals You Need to Use

Now that Spring is here, many people are heading outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather. Bicycling is an enjoyable activity for individuals of all ages. Not only does bicycling offer great cardio exercise, it can get you where you need to go without having to spend money on gas. At Cyclist At Law, we hope that no one is ever involved in a bicycle accident. Unfortunately, there are millions of bicycle accidents every year. Fortunately, there is one thing you can do to help prevent an accident. Simply use bicycle hand signals.

Here are three basic hand signals you should use while riding your bike:

1. Left Turn Signal

Learning bicycle hand signals doesn’t need to be overwhelming. In fact, the left turn signal is so simple you can do it without even thinking. To indicate that you will be turning left, simply put your left arm out and hold it parallel to the ground. Your arm should be sticking straight out from your body.

2. Right Turn Signal

One way to help you recall how to make a right turn signal is to remember that your arm makes an “L” shape. To make the signal, hold your left arm out so it is parallel to the ground. Next, bend your arm at the elbow so that your hand is pointing upwards to the sky and your forearm is vertical to the ground.

3. Slow or Stop

While riding your bike, it is helpful to inform other bicyclists and motorists if you will be slowing or stopping. To make the slow or stop signal, your arm is going to be in an “L” shape again. With this signal, your hand is pointing down towards the ground.

While the goal of using bicycle hand signals is to prevent an accident, you may find at some point that you need a Dallas attorney. Cyclist At Law has the experience and expertise you need when you have been involved in an accident. Give our office a call today at 800-877-6188.