Trikes are a great way to commute. They are easier to ride as compared to bicycles and tricycles are comfortable for adults. Trikes have two rear wheels; there are some risks associated with rear wheels in trikes. In this article, we are going to discuss the common rear-wheel risks while riding a trike and the precautions you can take to avoid serious injuries in case of an accident.
Let’s make your trike rides safe!
Rear Wheel Risks
Blowout Risks: One of the most serious risks is a tire blowout. If you are traveling at a slow speed on a straight road and have a blowout, you are safe as compared to a blowout happening on a fully loaded trike at full speed. Further, if you are going down a slope or taking a sharp turn with a blown tire, you are at a higher risk of falling and having some serious injuries.
Traction Issues: You can also face a loss of traction due to several reasons. Sand, gravel, water, and slimy drains can cause your rear wheels to slide. The speed plays a critical role in such situations. Accidents happening at faster speeds are more severe as compared to collisions at slower speeds.
Flipping Issues: Rear wheels are prone to getting air bound when you make sharp turns at faster speeds. This happens due to weight transfer at one side of the trike during turns. As a result, you can flip over, and it can lead to severe injuries.
Bumpy Road Problems: Rear-wheel problems can also happen due to bumpy roads or pit holes on the road. You may try to avoid these bumps from the front wheel but end up hitting them with the rear wheel. As a result, the trike can lose balance, and you are likely to end up in a heap nearby if you are traveling at high speed. Some people have reported falling on speeds as low as 5 MPH and ending up with minor bruises.
Skidding Problems: Some trikes come with parking brakes on rear wheels. If you try to apply these brakes at even slow speed, there is a high risk of your trike skidding on the road. If these brakes are applied at high speed, you may end up hitting a vehicle, pavement, or just falling on the road.
Precautions to Avoid Serious Injuries
The best way to avoid serious injuries related to rear-wheel accidents and general trike riding is to ensure all the safety measures. First of all, you need to ensure a general safety checklist for your rear wheels before setting out for a ride. It includes checking the following
Quality of Tires: Make sure all your tires are in good condition before setting out for a long trip. Check for any irregular patches on your tires. Any roughed out area on the tires is an indicator of trouble ahead. All such things can lead to a blowout while riding. You must also ensure that the tires are properly inflated. It is recommended to check the volume of air on tires before going out on your trike.
Other Safety Measures
Other safety measures are also significant while riding a trike. They are listed below
Wear Safety Equipment: Don’t forget to wear the complete safety gear while setting out on a journey on your trike. A complete safety equipment guide is listed below
- Safety Gloves
- Eye Shades
- Knee Pads
- Elbow Pads
All these items ensure that in case you fall, you do not get injured severely.
Make Your Trike Visible: Make sure that you are visible to other people on the road. The best way to do this is to add a 4-5 feet flag pole to your trike. You can hang the lag of your favorite sports team, your favorite club, or just the US flag to make it look more prominent.
Follow Road Rules: Make sure you follow all the road rules to avoid messing up with other commuters on the road. Give hand signals before taking any turns and avoid taking sharp turns. You should also keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road and observe lane discipline while riding your trike.
Watch out for Pits and Road Bumps: Look out for the road bumps and pits. Try to avoid passing them with your rear wheels. Make sure you reduce your speed before you hit a broken road patch.
Ride Safe: The best way to avoid accidents on your trike is to ride safely. Do not ride fast, and try to do stunts on your trike. You may be tempted to have some fun and adventure on your trike, but remember it can end very badly for you.
Now that you know what are the rear wheels risks associated with trikes. You can deal with them in a better way and take all the precautions to avoid serious injuries. We suggest that you take all the safety measures listed above and ride safe.