Riding your bike is a great way to enjoy the great sights of Arizona, get in some fresh air and exercise, all at the same time. That said, biking is also not without its dangers.

D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department shines a light on how bikers can better share the road with motorists. Use these insights to stay safe and enjoy every second on your bike.

Pretend you are behind the wheel

Even though you are behind handlebars, you should still pretend you are behind the wheel while on your bike. That means following the same rules of the road you would as a motorist. Doing so better ensures everyone on the road is on the same page, no matter how many wheels you use to get around.

Free up your ears

Listening to music is a great accompaniment to traveling. If you are on a bike, your favorite tunes can become a hazard if you cannot hear what is going on around you, such as an unseen car coming up behind you.

Know where to ride slow

Just as you would in an automobile, get into the habit of slowing down as you approach intersections. Stop, look and listen, and never assume a driver stopped at a stop sign or T-intersection sees you.

Head disaster off at the pass

As you gain experience as both a rider or driver, you learn the more common hazards and reasons for accidents. When you encounter a scenario that has the potential to turn into an accident, take a proactive approach to defuse the situation.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.