But your training rides don't have to be a roll of the dice. With a little knowledge and a lot of patience, you can ride safely while you're out training on the bike.
Don't draft off other cyclists while using your aerobars.1 of 7
The aero position makes it more difficult to handle your bike because your base is smaller, as arms are closer together. You also don't have access to the brakes, which is extremely dangerous if you're following another cyclist too closely. If he or she decides to stop or slow down suddenly, you'll slam right into the back wheel in front of you. Whether you're on a group ride or happen to roll up on another cyclist, keep a safe distance when using your aerobars. The same can be said when you're riding in congested traffic—you never know when you'll need to make an emergency stop.
Use hand signals.2 of 7
The best way to stay safe on the road is to be predictable to those around you. By using hand signals, drivers and other cyclists near you will be aware of your intentions. Make it a habit to signal when making right or left turns, when coming to a stop, or when approaching other hazards (such as an open car door) when you're riding in a group.
Don't listen to music.3 of 7
Yes, riding for hours on end can become extremely boring. However, listening to music makes you less aware of what's happening around you. Car horns, sirens and even the road-raged driver are things you should always be aware of in order to stay safe on the road.
Obey all traffic laws, even when you think no one is around.4 of 7
Rolling through a stop sign or red light is extremely dangerous, even on those early-morning rides when there's not a soul in sight. It's always better practice to be patient and come to a complete stop to make sure the road is clear before you proceed. Worrying about your Strava is a good way to miss that driver turning his car into your lane, who also may think no one is around.
Be vigilant when approaching intersections.5 of 7
The most common place for an accident to occur with a motor vehicle is in an intersection. Be aware of cars in the opposite lane making left turns and cars approaching from the rear making right turns. To be safe, slow down, make eye contact and proceed through busy intersections with caution. Be aware, too, when riding past a row of parked cars to your right. Always ride far enough to the left to avoid an opening door.
Use bike lights, even during the day.6 of 7
Reflective and colorful clothing are always excellent options on the bike. If you really want to make sure you're seen on the road, add a pair of good lights to the front and rear of your steed. Bontrager, for instance, has a new taillight designed specifically for daytime use and claims to be visible from up to two miles away. Use the flash mode during the day to save your battery power and to attract attention from other drivers out on the road.