Tips for your first ride in Europe

Make your first riding trip abroad safer

Tips for your first ride in Europe

By Alan Dowds

WE might be leaving the EU, but we’ll still be part of Europe, as fervent Brexit fans are wont to say. And unless things go badly wrong, we’ll still be leaping on our bikes for a continental blast every now and again. If you’ve not ridden in mainland Europe before, it can be a bit of a worry. But here’s a few tips for your first jaunt abroad on the bike…

1. Get it right

The big thing, of course, is riding on the 'wrong' side of the road. This is much, much easier than you think it will be actually, and most folk get over it really quickly. Obviously, bikes don't have the problems a car has, of the operating then sitting on the wrong side of the vehicle for observing the road ahead. So you're able to simply flip your normal road position rules over, and have all the same forward vision and junction positioning you have at home.

Tip: remember, turning left out of T-junction now requires checking for oncoming traffic from both directions. That’s if you want to live to the end of your trip.



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