CHECK YOUR BRAKES Always check your brakes so that you are prepared to stop. Also remember that a truck requires more space to stop than you do on your bike. Never assume that a truck will be able to stop quickly if you get in the way. You may have to get out of the way to save your own life. RIDE WITH TRAFFIC Avoiding a crash is the safest way to ride. Ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic may cause you to miss traffic control devices, such as traffic signs and stoplights. Be especially careful when riding near or around trucks and buses. Use caution and pay attention to trucks. Watch for their signals because the driver may not see you or be able to stop soon enough in an emergency situation. However, you should to be prepared in case the truck’s signals don’t work or the driver doesn’t use them. That is why you, as the bicyclist, need to watch out for yourself. Fora bike rider, the safest bet is to always be aware of the traffic around you.