Not being a former cop, I don’t have all the personal self- defense moves and advice that Kellie & Lindsay have for you. What I do have, though, is a good dose of old fashioned common sense!!! So I’ll share a few of these thoughts with you today about what to do if you have car or bicycle problems on the road
1)In regards to car & road safety- Don’t be stupid out there! In her recent post, Kellie gave you some great strategies for avoiding the potential dangers of the road. Sometimes though they are just unavoidable so take this follow up advice to heart. Pay a few extra dollars for AAA, or additional insurance that will cover roadside assistance. AAA costs about $65/year and your insurance company will probably charge you $5-10 /month for roadside assistance coverage. This is money well spent!
2) If you are a female, and you get a puncture ( flat tire to the american readers!!) do not get out of the car and attempt to change it yourself. Attempting to change your tire leaves you very vulnerable to attack. You are distracted, may be facing away from where your attacker is approaching, and be in a crouched position. All of these issues leave you with very little leverage to get away. Instead get out your phone, search you contacts for your towing company, insurance contact or AAA and dial!!! AAA will usually be there in 15-20 minutes as will your insurance company contracted roadside assistance provider. After you call for a tow, get back on the phone and call your significant other or a friend -and this will help you figure out who your friends really are- and have them come and wait with you for the tow truck. Safety in numbers is always a better idea.
3) In regards to bicycle riding- don’t be that cyclist that hogs the road lane. Cars are bigger than you. Fair or not, they can hurt you, way more than you can hurt them!!! Obey the rules of the road that a motorist is required to do.
4) Ride in groups when possible and stick to either low traffic road ways or streets with bicycle lanes. Indicate your turns with hand signals, and make eye contact with drivers at an intersection if possible.
5) Have some type of ID on you or your bike, in the event of a crash. If you have any allergies to medicines or other information that a doctor or EMT should be aware of, have than on your person also.
6) Have a pouch on your bike with emergency repair items. This should include a bike tube, CO2 cartridge, tire removal tools and puncture repair patches. Make sure you know how to replace a tube or repair a flat with a patch. Your local bike shop employee will be happy to help you out with this.
Next week, we will put together a video blog that will walk you through what to do, should you get a flat tire out cycling. Stayed tuned for that and be sure to check out out You Tube Channel for that upload on Tuesday!
In the meantime, happy motoring and cycling!